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Siva-Parvati and Allied Images

Their Iconography and Body Language (2 Vols. Set) by: Thomas Eugene Donaldson

The work it two volumes explores the physical and emotional interaction between Siva and Parvati as represented in sculptural works in the Indian subcontinent and examines a host of images supported by classifications of Siva-Parvati figures in texts like the Saiva Agamas and iconographic studies of the past decades. The images are related not only to religious beliefs but also iconographical.

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ISBN: 9788124603598
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : lxxx, 1031
Bibliographic Details : 168 colour plates and 570 b/w photographs; Glossary; Bibliography
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 5250

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The work explores the physical and emotional interaction between Shiva and Parvati as represented in sculptural works in the Indian subcontinent. In two volumes, it examines a host of images supported by classifications of Shiva-Parvati figures in texts like the Shaiva âgamas and iconographic studies of the past decades. It surveys an astounding sculptural diversity of Shiva-Parvati icons particularly forms of seated or standing Umasahita-murti, standing Alingana murti and Tantric forms of the deities. The images are related not only to religious beliefs but also iconographical research — for instance, linking depiction of figures in certain postures and areas to their places of origin. With numerous charts, it highlights iconographical peculiarities, distribution and popularity, and identifies similarities and differences over periods of time and areas of making. Referring to sculptural collections in museums and private acquisitions, the painstaking research examines the sculptor’s technique of combining aesthetic harmony and beauty with the sacred in ontological symbols as of Umamaheshvara. There is a detailed mythological background concentrating on the individual character of Shiva and Parvati in their mutual relationship; their marriage and conjugal life; explicitly Shaiva motifs where the major concern is with the all-important Lord Shiva; and the physical and emotional interaction of Shiva and Parvati as man and wife. An entire volume is devoted to reproduction of the rich representative sculpture studied through more than 570 black and white photographs and over 160 colour plates. The volumes will prove useful for scholars of Indological art and art connoisseurs as well as general readers.

Contents

Vol. 1
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Symbols
Map
Key to Transliteration
List of Iconographical Charts
List of Colour Plates
List of black & White Plates
Introduction
Part I: Mythological Background
1. Shiva and Parvati
Shiva’s Hermitage
Birth of Parvati
Seduction of Shiva
2. Marriage and Conjugal Life
Marriage Procession
Kalyanasundara (Marriage of Shiva and Parvati)
Dice-playing and Quarrels
Birth of Skanda (Karttikeya)
Recumbent Mother and Child (Sadyojata/Grihapati Shiva)
Seated Devi Holding a Child
3. Anugraha-Murti
Ravananugraha-murti
Candeshanugraha-murti
Vishnvanugraha-murti (Cakradana-murti)
Kiratarjuna-murti
4. Ancillary Motifs of Shiva and Parvati
Bhikshatana-murti
Gangadhara-murti
Ardhanarishvara
Vinadhara-murti
Nritta-murti
Nritta-murti with Parvati
Urdhvatandava-murti with Kali
Nritta-murti of Camunda/Kali
Gajantaka-murti
Gajasura/Andhakasura-samhara-murti
Tripurantaka/Tripuravijaya-murti
5. Umamaheshvara-Murti
Kameshvara and Tripurasundari
Bhairava, Camunda and the Graveyard
Bhairava and Bhairavi
Guhyakali
Part II: Iconography and Images
1. Shiva and Parvati
Shiva’s Hermitage
Tapasvini Parvati
Parvati as an Anchorite
Pancagni-tapasya Parvati
Ekapada-tapasvini Parvati
Parvati as Consort or Co-regent
Parvati/Gauri/Uma/Lalita
Bhuvaneshvari
Annapurna
2. Marriage and Conjugal Life
Marriage Procession
Kalyanasundara-murti (Marriage)
Panigrahana
Saptapadi
Dice Playing and Quarrels
Birth of Skanda (Karttikeya)
Recumbent Mother and Child (Sadyojata/Grihapati Shiva)
Seated Devi Holding a Child
3. Anugraha-Murti
Ravananugraha-murti
Candeshanugraha-murti
Vishnvanugraha-murti (Cakradana-murti)
Kirata-murti (Kiratarjuniyam)
4. Ancillary Motifs of Shiva With Parvati
Bhikshatana-murti
Gangadhara-murti/Gangavisarjana-murti
Ardhanarishvara-murti
Standing
Seated
Dancing
Vinadhara-murti
Nritta-murti
Nritta-murti with Parvati
Urdhvatandava-murti with Kali
Nritta-murti of Camunda/Kali and Bhairavi
Gajantaka-murti
Gajasura-Andhakasura-samhara-murti
Tripurantaka/Tripuravijaya-murti
5. UmAsahita/Alingana-Murti
Umasahita-murti
Standing Images
Seated Images
Seated/Standing
Somaskanda-murti
Alingana-Candrashekhara-murti
Tantric Forms
Shrikantha Kamakala (Shiva-Shakti)
Bhairava with Consort
Mahabhairavi/Siddhi-Lakshmi
6. Umamaheshvara-Murti
Format (A); Uma has back to Shiva, Hand on his Leg, One Knee Raised
Variant (A); Left Arm of Shiva on Right Shoulder of Uma
Variant (B); Right Arm of Uma on Left Shoulder of Shiva
Variant (C); Uma Reciprocates Embrace
Variant (D); Shiva Lifts Chin of Uma
Format (B); Uma has Left Knee Raised, Right Leg Stretched or Folded
Variant (A); Transitional to Format (E)
Format (C); Duplicate Pose with One Knee Folded and One Leg Pendent Transitional Images
Duplicate Pose with One Knee Folded and One Leg Pendent
Format (D); Duplicate Pose with Both Legs Crossed or Folded
Format (E); Mirror Image Pose, Uma has Right Leg Folded, Left Leg Pendent
Format (F); Uma has Both Legs Pendent
Vrishabharudha/Vrishavahana-murti
Vrishavahana/Umasahita-murti (Shiva and Uma Standing Next to the Bull Nandi)
Vrishavahana/Umamaheshvara-murti (Shiva and Uma Seated on the Bull Nandi)
Trotting/Galloping
tanding/Walking
Reclining
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Vol. 2
Coloured Plates
Black & White Plates

Meet the Author
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1933
Prof. Thomas Donaldson (Ph.D.) is a leading authority on Indian art, particularly Orissan art, as he has been studying and writing on the subject for more than three decades. His works include a monumental three-volume study titled Hindu Temple Art of Orissa (1985-87), Kamadeva’s Pleasure Garden in Orissa (1987), Sculptural Masterpieces from Orissa: Style and Iconography, co-authored with K. S. Behera (1998), Ornaments of Orissa, co-authored by R.P. Mohapatra (1998), Iconography of Vaishnava Image in Orissa (2001), and The Iconography of the Buddhist Sculpture of Orissa - 2 vols (2001).
Books of Thomas Eugene Donaldson