The Mirror of Gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

by Ananda Coomaraswamy | 1917 | 16,981 words | ISBN-13: 9788121500210

This is the English translation of the Abhinaya-darpana 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 much larger exposit...

Chapter 28 - Hands denoting Water Creatures

Hands that indicate Water-Animals.

Frog, the double Cakra hand, i. e. the thumb and forefinger go in, the middle finger is bent, and the little finger extended;

Crab, the Līna-karkaṭa hand, i. e., right hand Karkaṭa direct upwards and placed on the 1. h., the fingers being interlocked;

Leech, Sūci hands moved along;

Crocodile, Patāka hands crossed and held apart, also indicating a box;

Duṇḍupha, the Kartarī-daṇḍa hand, i. e., right hand Kartarī, face upwards, placed on the other fore-arm, and left hand Kaṭaka-mukha.

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