Mar 17, 2014

Annapurna and Shiva

Annapurna and Shiva

c. 1890

Gum tempera, graphite, ink, and tin on paper

Secondary Support: 50.3 x 30.7 cm (19 13/16 x 12 1/16 in.); Painting only: 45.5 x 27.6 cm (17 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 2003.162



Goddess Annapurna (She of Plenteous Food) is depicted being supplicated by Shiva, seen as an ascetic who seeks alms from her. Seated on a throne she places food (possibly rice) in Shiva’s bowl with a spoon held in her right hand. Even Shiva is dependent on her for nourishment and food. A mendicant’s bag is hung on Shiva’s right shoulder.

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