This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu God Shiva, his wife Parvati and their son Ganesha.
Shiva and Parvati are the parents of Ganesha. The divine family are said to live on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas (with another son, six-headed Skanda). Note the gestures of the Shiva-Parvati pair: the raised right hand, the "fear-not" gesture (abhaya-mudra), which bestows protection.
Shiva has Nandi, a bull for his vahana, vehicle and wears a snake. Parvathi has a lion, Ganesha has a mouse and Karthikeya a peacock. In real world, the lion considers bull as its prey and the bull fears the lion. Similarly, snake preys on the mouse and a peacock preys on snake.
Size: 62cm x 52cm
It is important to understand that these are not just images of Gods; they are Gods - Gods incarnate in their printed image. During puja (worship) the Gods are invited to descend into their images and are treated as guests. Offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets are placed before these prints, prayers chanted to them, incense burned before them, and garlands of marigolds are hung around their frames. They are also very fragile and the nails in the wood on the back may be lose.
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some chips in the frame, that come with daily use and age. The print is mounted in its original frame and glass which is very rare to come across these days. The print has been left exactly how it was from its time of use. The glass might be marked and dusty but this all adds to it's beautiful and Holy life of being worshiped daily.
In the period following independence in 1947 in India, the religious print business in India grew dramatically in its scale and diversity. All the prints I import from India are from this era and are a lot more colorful and bold in comparison to the very early prints in the late 1800's.
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