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"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.

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Kṛṣṇa dancing on the head of the demon Kāliya. Two naginis worship the deity, all positioned under a kadamba tree. Painted in Pune, c.1800-1805.

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Shiva and Parvati seated under the shady canopy of a banyan tree atop their heavenly abode of Mount Kailasa. Mid-late 19th Century India, Rajasthan, possibly Kota

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***** 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.