by Ananda Coomaraswamy | 1917 | 16,981 words | ISBN-13: 9788121500210
The English translation of the Abhinaya-darpana (“the mirror of gesture”) by Nandikeshvara: an encyclopedic manual of the art of gesticulation. It belongs to a wide range of literature known as Natya-shastra: the ancient Indian art of dramatic performance, theatrics, dance and music. The Abhinaya Darpana is an abridgement of the Bharatarnava, a m...
Eleven Hands denoting Relationships:
Pitṛ (father): following the last hand, the right hand is held as Śikhara; indicating father or son-in-law.
Śvaśṛ (mother-in-law): the right hand is held as Haṃsāsya and Saṃdaṃsa at the throat, the left hand then placed on the stomach showing the Strī hand.
Śvaśura (father-in-law): following the last hand, the right hand is shown as Śikhara.
Snuṣa (daughter-in-law): following the last, the Strī hand is shown with the right.
Bhartṛ (husband): Haṃsāsya and Śikhara hands are held at the throat.
Thus are described in order the eleven hands denoting relationships. Those not mentioned are to be inferred according to circumstances.
Footnotes and references:
The Strī (woman) hand is not separately described, but it will be seen that it consists in placing either hand on the stomach, indicating the womb.