Shiva and Parvati with their Sons Karttikeya and Ganesha and the Calf Bull
- 9th century
- India (Jammu and Kashmir, ancient kingdom of Kashmir)
- H. 11 in. (28 cm); W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Anonymous Gift, 1989
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A devotee used this charming rendering of the Shiva family assembled on a single pedestal for worship, likely in a private chapel. Shiva holds a rosary (aksamala) and flask; his wife, Parvati, a mirror. Both are crowned and jeweled as if Kashmiri monarchs. Shiva’s calf bull Vrsabha nuzzles close to his lord, and the couple’s two children flank the ensemble.