Shiva and Parvati

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1820
  • Geography

    Udaipur or Devgarh, Rajasthan state, Mewar, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on fiber board
  • Dimension

    H x W: 20 x 17.8 cm (7 7/8 x 7 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Chokha (active 1779-ca. 1826)
  • Court

    Mewar Court
  • School/Tradition

    Rajput school
  • Description

    Chokha depicts the deities Shiva and Parvati relaxing against a large round pillow as if they were a ruler and his consort upon a palace terrace. Parvati, markedly smaller than the god, gazes at her husband with her hands raised in the gesture of respect and devotion. Shiva is recognizable through the iconographic attributes of ash-covered skin, third eye, skull necklace, serpents, trident and the Ganges river that emerges from his matted topknot in the form of a stream of water.
  • Marks

    Watermark: S Wise & Co. 1825.
  • Provenance

    To 2001
    Sir Howard Hodgkins (born 1932), London, to 2001 [1]
    From 2001
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Sir Howard Hodgkin in 2001
    [1] The object was probably acquired when Sir Howard Hodgkins formed his London collection in the 1960s, but the exact date of acquisition cannot be determined. However, because the object is a small, unfinished work from the early nineteenth century, it falls within a category of artworks that the Indian government typically allows out of the country (according to Curatorial Note 3, Debra Diamond, June 15, 2001, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017)
  • Origin

    Udaipur or Devgarh, Rajasthan state, Mewar, India
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Sir Howard Hodgkin
  • Type

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