The painting depicts the Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati in their togetherness, seated on the back of their beloved bull, Nandi. From the richly embroidered dhotis they are wearing to the intricate shringar starting from the crown downwards, it all betrays a breathtakingly keen attention to detail. Zooming in on each aspect of the painting would enable you to appreciate the dexterity with which the pen has been wielded by the artist. In fact, the word ‘kalamkari’ means penmanship, wherein the ‘pen’ is a rudimentary instrument fashioned from a sturdy twig.
The beauty and shringar of Nandi in this composition is matchless. The long, tattooed tail; jewels descending from His underbelly; and the ornaments surrounding the lifelike eye exposed to view. A vast halo-aureole encompasses both the figures on His back. A uniform pattern of zigzag lines and curves frames the composition.
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