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Linga Temple Compound

late 19th century
India (Rajasthan)
Ink, wash, and transparent watercolor on paper
Image (sight): 32 x 24 1/2 in. (81.3 x 62.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Subhash Kapoor, in memory of his parents, Smt Shashi Kanta and Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
This drawing shows all the key elements of a temple dedicated to Shiva. Centrally placed is a linga; below is Shiva's principal devotee, Nandi; and protecting the entrance to the compound is a small shrine dedicated to Ganesha. Another shrine is dedicated to Hanuman; Rama and Lakshmana, identified by inscriptions, are represented submitting to the authority of Shiva.
Inscription: Inscription next to man with bow in upper left: "bow pilgrimage"
Inscription next to shrine in lower right: "Hanuman pilgrimage"
Inscription under figures to right of linga: "Lord Rama" and Lakshmana"
Inscription under figures to the left of Nandi indicate the ocean: "Mahader"
Inscription under figures to right of Nandi indicate the ocean "Ratanager" and "harboli" or spring water
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift," March 25, 2009–September 7, 2009.

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