"Scene from a Shiva Purana. Shiva, Parvati, their vahanas (mounts/vehicles) and Andhaka asura. Mewar. Circa 1820-40. The demon may very well be 'Andhaka'/ 'Andhakaasura'. The name 'andhaka' is derived from 'andhakaara' (darkness). The story goes that the world was plunged into darkness when Parvati playfully sneaked up from behind and covered Shiva's eyes. It was during this time that the demon was born." Collection of Peter Blohm.
Company School, Patna, 19th cent. Watercolour painting on paper of Gaṇeśa, seated on a lotus on a terrace overlooking water and distant hills. Shown seated with one knee raised and with four arms. In his upper left hand he holds an axe which he rests against his shoulder and in his lower left hand he holds a lotus flower. In his upper right hand he holds a ball of laddu (sweetmeats) from which his vahana (vehicle) the rat eats. In his lower right hand he holds a manuscript.
***** A contemporary painting from Rajasthan that draws on and revives several artistic traditions native to the state. Chief among these are the miniature painting traditions of Bundi and Kotah, and the Pichwai wall hanging tradition of Nathdwara.