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Image of Bookcovers from a Shaiva manuscript (a pair)

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Bookcovers from a Shaiva manuscript (a pair)


Creation date: 18th century
Creation place: Nepal

Other Information

Type: Manuscript Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on wood
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.168.a-b
Dimensions: 17 7/32 in. x 4 9/16 in. (43.7 cm x 11.6 cm)

Provenance

Sven Gahlin, London, England ( - May 30, 1979)

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (May 30, 1979 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

September 2005
Devotional Arts of Nepal
The worship of Shiva is a prominent aspect of Nepali religious life. Texts detailing aspects of this Hindu god's mythology and his status as supreme divinity and creator, such as the Shiva Purana, were frequently copied and provided with painted bookcovers. Forms of Shiva were appropriated by Nepalis into the tantric Buddhist pantheon.
Shiva can emanate himself in a variety of forms, and twelve four-armed Shivas of various hues sit in a rocky landscape, looking at one another in pairs. Certain iconographic elements are constant among the diverse forms, including the crescent moon in the headdress, matted locks of hair, serpents for jewelry, and wild feline skins for the lower garment.

Sonya Quintanilla (2014) QuebecBook Covers from a Shaiva manuscript
Nepal, 18th century
Opaque watercolor on wood
Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.168.a-b
The worship of Shiva is a prominent aspect of Nepali religious life. Texts detailing aspects of this Hindu god's mythology and his status as supreme divinity and creator, such as the Shiva Purana, were frequently copied and provided with painted bookcovers. Forms of Shiva were appropriated by Nepalis into the tantric Buddhist pantheon. Shiva can emanate himself in a variety of forms, and twelve four-armed Shivas of various hues sit in a rocky landscape, looking at one another in pairs. Certain iconographic elements are constant among the diverse forms, including the crescent moon in the headdress, matted locks of hair, serpents for jewelry, and wild feline skins for the lower garment.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Into India: South Asian Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 2/28/2012 - 5/27/2012

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Patrick Coleman. Visiones de la India Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Madrid, 2012
Page Number: 72, 263, Figure Number: cat. 25, p. 73

Dr. Sonya Quintanilla and Patrick Coleman. Visiones de la India (Mexico) Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Mexico , 2013
Page Number: 52, Figure Number: cat. 25, 53

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