Shiva Nataraja with Sivakami

Unknown artist

  • Date: c. 1780
  • Dimensions: H: 38.5 cm, W: 49 cm
  • Medium: Natural pigments, gold foil and gesso on paper
  • Region: Tanjore
  • Museum number: PMA.00023

Tanjore painting depicting Shiva as Nataraja (or the Lord of Dance) along with his consort Sivakami. Seen at the bottom are their offspring – the gods Ganesha and Kartikeya, as also Shiva’s attendant Ganas and the attendants of Sivakami.

The Tanjore style of painting flourished in Tanjavoor, pronounced Tanjore, the capital city of the Chola dynasty. The Maratha princes, Nayaks of Vijaynagar dynasty, Rajus communities of Tanjore and Trichi and Naidus of Madurai patronized the art of Tanjore painting from 16th to 18th centuries.

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