This miniature of Shiva and Parvati combines the traits of both Guler and
Chamba paintings. The artist has portrayed well the ever wandering god and
his uncomplaining, faithful spouse who follows her lord all over. Parvati
wears the characteristic Pahari costume. Shiva here is not the terrible
deity who haunts the cremation grounds, although the garland of skulls
reminds the viewer of that. Other than that, he looks supremely majestic in
presence and bearing. Shiva wears serpents in his neck and hair. He and his
spouse wear exquisite jewellery. The faces, though minutely detailed, tend
to the heavy, dull looking and lack vivacity.
The ostentatious setting and the bolsters clash with the simplicity of Shiva's tiger skin spread and his ascetic image. The background is dark, having
horizontal clouds with rounded ends. An extensive use of golden pigment
makes this painting a rich visual.
This description by Renu Rana.
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