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Current Location:
Cabinet G -> Drawer 07 (G)
Location Notes:
PDC; Cabinet G; Drawer 07

The Art of India ➔ Shiva and Shakti

Ink of Paper
Artworks;Artworks - Height: 15 in;24" Width: 5.5 in;16"
Note: Matte
Blue man connected by bodies to a white woman. Both wear colorful clothing- have four arms and two legs. Background mostly orange and red with a blue border. (FS 130/-)
Historical Context:
Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) are combined in this painting to symbolize the unity and inseparability of the male and female elements of existence. Shakti is the complementary feminine energy of the Hindu trinity: Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver; Shiva, the destroyer. The energy of Shakti manifests itself as goddess. Without Shakti, the gods are nonexistent. Shakti provokes these three, binds them together making them inseparable, and compels them to manifest. As Saraswati, Laxmi, and Parvati, she is consort of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva respectively. As Parvati, consort of Shiva, she is often referred as Shakti. This duel aspect of the divine energy is of great importance in Hinduism. From the maternal energy of fertility and nourishment to the terrifying force of fierce protection, the many faces of the feminine energy are portrayed through the goddess. She is the source of all life, but within this source lies its very destruction.