In this representation of Ardhanarishvara, the body is shown as a complete whole divided vertically into two equal parts the left half shows him as a male, while the right half represents his shakti in the female form of Parvati. If Shiva has a matted crown, Parvati wears here tresses loose; the former holds the trident and a drum, the latter holds a lotus and a sword. In essence, Shiva is both, male and female, spirit and matter, the seed and the womb of the universe.
It is a compositionally well-balanced painting. The two halves coalesce smoothly into one another. The flowing shoulder cloth of Shiva is balanced by the flowing tresses of Parvati; weapon with weapon. A hermit and a gana stand attendant on either side of the Ardhanarishvara image.
This description by Kiranjyot.
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