… 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 …
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),
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.