Kundalini, 1940 Emil Bisttram

… the artist is … a seeker of truth … He is a priest, a magician … . an artist by virtue of the power within him and that power is bestowed through scrupulous morality, the strictest discipline and deep mediation and contemplation …

Ardhanari, the god Shiva and his consort Parvati, from the Elephanta Caves.

Ardhanarishvara is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu God Shiva and His consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma in this icon). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating His traditional attributes.

A prince with his beloved, miniature pasted on cardboard, India, Amber and Jaipur, first half of the 18th century, 24.5 × 18.9 cm, The David Collection [Davids Samling], Copenhagen, Denmark. The style is clearly influenced by Mughal art, and it is suggested that the monumental painting is a posthumous portrait of the Great Mughal Shah Jahan’s eldest son and heir apparent Dara Shukoh and his wife Nadira Banu Begum, source: davidmus.dk. The David Collection [Davids Samling] is a museum of fine and applied art in Copenhagen, Denmark, built around the private collections of lawyer, businessman and art collector C. L. David [Christian Ludvig David] (1878–1960), source: en.wikipedia.org.


Ekamukhaliñga – One-faced Liñga

Chloritic schist, Eastern India, Bihar

Pala Era late 7th or early 8th Century CE

The sanctum sanctorum or garbha-gṛha of a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Śiva Mahādeva would have installed the Śiva-Liñga. The Śiva-Liñga is sometimes encased in a metallic mask that is crafted in the image of Lord Śiva’s face, in early medieval India, the Liñga itself sometimes had a stone face (mukha) sculpted on to it thereby becoming a mukhaliñga. The Liñga could have a single or at times four faces sculpted on to it.

Cleveland Museum of Art