Men falling from rearing horses. Pahari, style of Nainsukh; mid 18th century. From Stages of Depiction: Indian Drawings, 17th-19th Centuries, Hurst Gallery
The Goddess Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon, Mahisha
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Durga has already cut off Mahisha’s buffalo head and is shown bearing down on his human form, which emerges from the bleeding neck.
Krishna Quelling the Serpent King Kaliya India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler, circa 1775-1800. Ink and opaque watercolor on paper.
Descent of the Holy Family from Mount Kailasa. India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20. Source: Christie’s
The Holy Family. c 1780-1800 Pahari, Kangra or Garhwal. Source: Art Gallery NSW
Shiva swaying to the music played by his wife Parvati, and his elephant-headed son, Ganesha. Shiva’s multi-headed son, Kartikeya, his bull mount, Nandi, Ganesha’s rat mount and Kartikeya’s peacock mount are also seen.
Shiva, Parvati and Family, Guler, c 1780. The holy family in a domestic scene, darning cloth and stringing a garland of skulls
A Domestic Scene of Shiva and Parvati with Family India, Himachal Pradesh, Guler or Mandi, attributed to Sajnu, circa 1810-20.
This painting by the Pahari painter Sajnu depicts Shiva and Parvati straining bhang for drinking. Scenes of the Holy Family in domestic bliss were a popular theme with Pahari painters. In these scenes, Shiva is transformed and humanized from the wild ascetic to a doting husband and father, though still retaining trappings of his divine status.
Source: Indian Routes
Karni Bharni 18th c. From the exhibition The Body in Indian Art. Source: Europalia.India
Krishna the Divine Lover
Malwa region, Central India, circa 1720
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
34 x 25
Folio from a Ramayana: Lanka secured, Ravana retires to the harem. Marwar, circa 1780. Source: Indian Miniature Paintings
Painting from the Mewar Ramayana: Rama and the exiles have returned home and he and his three brothers and helpers prepare themselves for his consecration as king.
Source: British Library, via Sanskrit Literature
Bhagavata Purana folio. Malwa, c. 1700-1725. Source: Indian Miniature Paintings
Seven Hells as depicted in Jain cosmology. Cloth painting from Jain temple, 1613 CE. Source: Wikipedia
Vallabha sect devotional images of Shri Nathji/Krishna
c. 19th century
Upper frames, left to right: 1. Vallabhacharya’s vision of the Divine Infants. 2. Krishna holds Mount Govardhana. 3. Vallabhacharia finds Shri Nathji on Mount Govardhana. 4. Birth of Vallhabacharya
Middle: 1. Home for Shri Nathji in Nathdwara. 2.Balakrishna & Balarama at Yashoda’s butterpot 3. Shri Nathji shrine installed at Nathdwara. 4. Vitthalnathji and Vallabhacharya
Lower: 1. Krishna receives lotus from the goddess Jamuna in his pleasureboat. 2. Balakrishna suckles Yashoda. 3. Krishna steals the gopis’ clothes. 4. Krishna and Radha in a bower.
(image and text credits, Peter Blohm)