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The Gods Sing and Dance for Shiva and Parvati
Page from an unidentified dispersed series

Attributed to Khushala, Indian, active late 18th century

Made in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
Probably made in Guler, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia
or made in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia

c. 1780-1790

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Image: 8 × 12 inches (20.3 × 30.5 cm) Sheet: 9 × 12 15/16 inches (22.9 × 32.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004

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Shiva and his wife Parvati rest on a tiger skin as they watch a pair of dancers accompanied by divine musicians. The group of performers is so large that it winds away behind the trees. Shiva, the great yogi, can be identified by his ash-white skin, long hair, snake jewelry, and third eye. However, he is shown here not as a terrifying ascetic god, but as a lovely prince on a bucolic outing. The text that this painting illustrates is unknown, but the scene may represent the celebration when Shiva accepts Parvati as his bride.