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Ganesha and Murugan
- 53.5 cm2., central group portrait in an arch with one vignette apiece on both top corners; polychrome gouache on card, holograph annotations and directions on verso, signed by the artist in the image. N.p., K.P. Sivam, n.d., All edges and corners scuffed with surface loss to the farthest extremities, largely on background, but with some slight loss on vignettes, card splitting into layers, repairs by tape and paper laid along verso edges. Image crisp and clear despite some surface smearing on upper portion. The gods stand together, the zoomorphic Ganesha, god of new beginnings, with his rat/mouse mount to one side and the anthropomorphic Murugan, god of war, vel (spear) in hand and his peacock by his side. They are framed within an arch and stand on a golden pedestal which is in turn upon a lotus. They both make the mudra of Abhaya, and their palms are inscribed with a svastika (for Ganesha), and what H. Daniel Smith, in his handlist, has conjectured might be ‘Om’ in Tamil on Murugan. Offerings in bowls and burning incense lay at their feet in the foreground. The vignettes depict places of pilgrimage, one is the Palani hill temple of Murugan with his mudra symbol and vel poking out over the wall. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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Last Found On: 2016-11-24           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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