Shiva-Parvati (Iconography)

author: Thomas Eugene Donaldson
edition: 2007, D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
pages: 1201
language: English
ISBN-10: 8124603596
ISBN-13: 9788124603598
Topic: Shilpashastra

Summary: This book deals with the iconography of Shiva-Parvati and associated images such as the Murtis of Anugraha, Umamaheshvara and Umasahita. The two volumes contain over 700 images dedicated to the study of postures and body language of various sculptures, the sculptor’s technique and the mythological background of the deities represents by those sculptures.

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The work explores the physical and emotional interaction between Siva and Parvati as represented in sculptural works in the Indian subcontinent. In two volumes, it examines a host of images supported by classified of Siva-Parvati figures in texts like the Saiva Agamas and icon graphic studies of the past decades. It surveys an astounding sculptural diversity of Siva-Parvati icons particularly from 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 icon-ographical 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 Uma-mahesvara. There is a detailed mythological background concentrating on the individual character of Siva and Parvati in their mutual relationship; their marriage and conjugal life; explicitly Saiva motifs where the major concern is with the all-important Lord Siva; and the physical and emotional interaction of Siva 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 well as general readers.

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The full text of the Shiva-Parvati (Iconography) in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

Siva's Hermitage [link]
Birth of Parvati [link]
Seduction of Siva [link]
Marriage Procession [link]
Kalyanasundara (Marriage of Siva and Parvati) [link]
Dice-playing and Quarrels [link]
Birth of Skanda (Karttikeya) [link]
Recumbent Mother and Child (Sadyojata/Grhapati Siva) [link]
Seated Devi Holding a Child [link]
Ravananugraha-murti [link]
Candesanugraha-murti [link]
Visnvanugraha-murti (Cakradana-murti) [link]
Kiratarjuna-murti [link]
Bhiksatana-murti [link]
Gangadhara-murti [link]
Ardhanarisvara [link]
Vinadhara-murti [link]
Nrtha-murti [link]
Nrtta-murti with Parvati [link]
Urdhvatandava-murti with Kali [link]
Nrtta-murti of Camunda/Kali [link]
Gajantaka-murti [link]
Gajasura/Andhakasura-samhara-murti [link]
Tripurantaka/Tripuravijaya-murti [link]
Kamesvara and Tripurasundari [link]
Bhairava, Camunda and the Graveyard [link]
Bhairava and Bhairavi [link]
Guhyakali [link]
Siva's Hermitage [link]
Tapasvini Parvati [link]
Parvati as an Anchorite [link]
Pancagni-tapasya Parvati [link]
Ekapada-tapasvini Parvati [link]
Parvati as Consort or Co-regent [link]
Parvati/Gauri/Uma/Lalita [link]
Bhuvanesvari [link]
Annapurna [link]
Marriage Procession [link]
Kalyanasundara-murti (Marriage) [link]
Panigrahana [link]
Saptapadi [link]
Dice Playing and Quarrels [link]
Birth of Skanda (Karttikeya) [link]
Recumbent Mother and Child (Sadyojata/Grhapati Siva) [link]
Seated Devi Holding a Child [link]
Ravananugraha-murti [link]
Candesanugraha-murti [link]
Visnvanugraha-murti (Cakradana-murti) [link]
Kirata-murti (Kiratarjuniyam) [link]
Bhiksatana-murti [link]
Gangadhara-murti/Gangavisarjana-murti [link]
Ardhanarisvara-murti [link]
Standing [link]
Seated [link]
Dancing [link]
Vinadhara-murti [link]
Nrtta-murti [link]
Nrtta-murti with Parvati [link]
Urdhvatandava-murti with Kali [link]
Nrtta-murti of Camunda/Kali and Bhairavi [link]
Gajantaka-murti [link]
Gajasura-Andhakasura-samhara-murti [link]
Tripurantaka/Tripuravijaya-murti [link]
Umasahita-murti [link]
Standing Images [link]
Seated Images [link]
Seated/Standing [link]
Somaskanda-murti [link]
Alingana-Candrasekhara-murti [link]
Tantric Forms [link]
Srikantha Kamakala (Siva-Sakti) [link]
Bhairava with Consort [link]
Mahabhairavi/Siddhi-Laksmi [link]
Format (A); Uma has back to Siva, Hand on his Leg, One Knee Raised [link]
Variant (A). Left Arm of Siva on Right Shoulder of Uma [link]
Variant (B). Right Arm of Uma on Left Shoulder of Siva [link]
Variant (C); Uma Reciprocates Embrace [link]
Variant (D); Siva Lifts Chin of Uma [link]
Format (B); Uma has Left Knee Raised, Right Leg Stretched or Folded [link]
Variant (A); Transitional to Format (E) [link]
Format (C); Duplicate Pose with One Knee Folded And One Leg Pendent [link]
Transitional Images [link]
Duplicate Pose with One Knee Folded and One Leg Pendent [link]
Format (D); Duplicate Pose with Both Legs Crossed or Folded [link]
Format (E); Mirror Image Pose, Uma has Right Leg Folded, Left Leg Pendent [link]
Format (F); Uma has Both Legs Pendent [link]
Vrsabharudha/Vrsavahana-murti [link]
Vrsavahana/Umasahita-murti (Siva and Uma Standing Next to the Bull Nandi) [link]
Vrsavahana/Umamahesvara-murti (Siva and Uma Seated on the Bull Nandi) [link]
Trotting/Galloping [link]
Standing/Walking [link]
Reclining [link]

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