Celebrate divine harmony and unity in magnificent grandeur with this Tanjore painting of Shiva and Parvati with Ganesha and Kartikeya. The artiste seems to perfectly embody the divine forms in an ancient traditional style originated in the Thanjavur Nayaka kingdom in the 16th century. The serene, beatific forms of the deities are life-like and seem to radiate compassion and benevolence. Shiva is shown wearing the crescent on His head, signifying the absolute control of mind. His left hand holds a damaru _ a small drum that signifies the primal sound of creation. His right hand holds the trishul _ that symbolizes the three aspects of creation, sustenance, and destruction. His consort, Parvati, is depicted beautifully in sparkling finery. Seated in her lap is their son Kartikeya. By the side of Shiva is depicted their elder son Lord Ganesha. At their feet is Nandi the bull, which symbolises dharma or righteousness.
These divine forms are set in a dark blue background that is outlined with intricate overlaying of gold foil and colourful stones. The gold overlay is fringed by a contrasting dark brown carved wooden frame.
Renowned worldwide as one of India's greatest traditional art forms, Tanjore painting is a sought-after collectible. It even has the recognition of Geographical Indication, certifying its conformance to traditional methods, its qualities and reputation.