Shiva and Parvati
Shiva and Parvati are the most portrayed male an female couple in Hindu pantheon. Shiva presents the male cosmic power while Parvati (reincarnation of Shakti) constitutes the female cosmic power. Often Shiva takes the form of half Parvati and the other half himself (Ardhanari) symbolising the harmony between the two gender powers. Nandi as a vahana or vehicle of Shiva and Parvati is more a Dravidian Hindu concept whereas the horse as vehicle of the two deities is an Aryan depiction. South Indian bronzes of Shiva & Parvati include the Nandi whereas those from the north India incorporate the the less traditional vehicle horse.
 Shiva and Parvati remain the primordial powers of the world in Hinduism demonstrating gender as the basic of human life. The Lingam representing male force, and Yoni, the female power are both the concept of love and procreation taking their roots in Indus culture of the proto-Dravidians or Pre-Aryans. The power of both the female and male  force is represented in the image of Ardharnishwara, an androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati. This concept of unified power of the male (Shiva) and the female (Parvati) takes its origin in the 9th and 10thcenturies of the Chola period. One of the earliest images of Ardharnishwara from the 9th century AD was found in Sri Lanka and is displayed at the Colombo Museum demonstrating the Hindu influence on the adjacent island during the reign of the Raja Raja Cholan when Hindu culture reigned supreme. Incidentally the Hindu images unearthed at Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka constitute strong evidence for the Hindu influence in the island off the tip of south India. The current Hinduism is a fusion of nature gods of the Aryans and the personified tribal gods of the Dravidians, looking at the religion in a broader sense. The Hinduism of southern India is more representative or mother or female guardian culture with innumerable female deities such as Shakti, Parvati, Meenakshi, Kali, Durga, Valli and scores of others. In the same tone the family aspect Hinduism is reflected in Shiva and Parvati, their son Ganesha, and the couple Vishnu and Lakshmi. While the latter predominate in Vaishnavism, Shiva and Parvati iconography is the hall mark of Shaivism, second only to Tandava of Shiva as Nataraja. The mythologies of these deities have provided the playing field for the artisans in their display of their art and skill in gifting us with Hindu Art and sculpture from the glorious past.

The Hindu iconographies such as Durga slaying Maheshasuramardini, Krishna stealing cheese, Kaliya serpent submitting to Krishna, Shiva courting Parvati, Vishnu holding Lakshmi and the Tandava dance of Shiva are not only awe inspiring for the Hindu devotees, but also an immeasurable pleasure for the eyes and souls for the connoisseurs of Hindu Art: to them the magic of Hindu art itself has become a religion.   

Hindu Art and ReligionExotic and authentic, rare and antique religious figurines and sculptures of Shiva and Parvati from Anton Sebastian Private Collection presented for sale by Antiques International



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Small South Indian bronze amulet of Vishnu and Lakshmi on a rectangular beaded base, 18th to 19th century,
Small South Indian bronze amulet of Vishnu and Lakshmi on a rectangular beaded base, 18th to 19th century,
£48.00
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Shiva and Parvati, South Indian brass/bronze, H 3.5" X L 2.0" X W 1.5 "  19th century or early 20th century
Shiva and Parvati, South Indian brass/bronze, H 3.5" X L 2.0" X W 1.5 " 19th century or early 20th century
£98.00
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Shiva and Parvati in a locked embrace, South East Asian bronze, H 5.6" ca late 19th to early 20th century SOLD
Shiva and Parvati in a locked embrace, South East Asian bronze, H 5.6" ca late 19th to early 20th century SOLD
£148.00
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Shiva and Parvati in a dancing embrace, Tibetan-Nepalese bronze, ca 19th - 20th century century
Shiva and Parvati in a dancing embrace, Tibetan-Nepalese bronze, ca 19th - 20th century century
£155.00
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An unusual 18th century South East Asian bronze of  Narasimha and Laksmi H 3.0" x 1.6" Vaishnavism
An unusual 18th century South East Asian bronze of Narasimha and Laksmi H 3.0" x 1.6" Vaishnavism
£180.00
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Shiva and Parvati, standing on an Oval Lotus platform, Very fine details, H 5,5 inches, ca 19th - early 20th century
Shiva and Parvati, standing on an Oval Lotus platform, Very fine details, H 5,5 inches, ca 19th - early 20th century
£185.00
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Shiva and Parvati on Nandi,  with Naga coiled on Shiva's head H 4.5" X  W 3" X  D 2" ca 19th century or earlier
Shiva and Parvati on Nandi, with Naga coiled on Shiva's head H 4.5" X W 3" X D 2" ca 19th century or earlier
£188.00
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Ardhanarishvara, Lord who is hallf woman, South Indian bronze H 6.1, ca 19th - 20th century
Ardhanarishvara, Lord who is hallf woman, South Indian bronze H 6.1, ca 19th - 20th century
£195.00
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Shiva and Parvati on an oval lotus base, H 5.2" definitive 19th century
Shiva and Parvati on an oval lotus base, H 5.2" definitive 19th century
£195.00
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Shiva and Parvati, rare ca 19th century, Indo-Nepalese bronze. H 5.75 X W 4.5
Shiva and Parvati, rare ca 19th century, Indo-Nepalese bronze. H 5.75 X W 4.5
£195.00
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Seated Parvati seated on rectangular stent Lotus  showing her own attributes and those of Shiva, 5.8" x 3.7" copper bronze
Seated Parvati seated on rectangular stent Lotus showing her own attributes and those of Shiva, 5.8" x 3.7" copper bronze
£198.00
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Parvati standing in Tribanga posture with long dhoti and ornaments, South Indian, bronze 9",  ca 19th century
Parvati standing in Tribanga posture with long dhoti and ornaments, South Indian, bronze 9", ca 19th century
£225.00
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Four arm Shiva and Parvati in tribanga standing on a rectangular lotus base 19th century
Four arm Shiva and Parvati in tribanga standing on a rectangular lotus base 19th century
£275.00
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Shiva & Parvati on a Horse, uncleaned 5.0" tall Iconographic Hindu Bronze ca 18th century or earlier
Shiva & Parvati on a Horse, uncleaned 5.0" tall Iconographic Hindu Bronze ca 18th century or earlier
£280.00
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Shiva and Parvati, South Indian finely cast bronze H 3.5 ca 18th century or earlier
Shiva and Parvati, South Indian finely cast bronze H 3.5 ca 18th century or earlier
£280.00
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Shiva and Parvati in a dancing posture, South Indian Bronze, H 7", ca late 19th to early 20th century
Shiva and Parvati in a dancing posture, South Indian Bronze, H 7", ca late 19th to early 20th century
£285.00
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Shiva (Nataraja)  with his consort Parvati on his left and goddess River Ganga worshipping on the right, large wall plaque of silver and other metals, ca 1930s
Shiva (Nataraja) with his consort Parvati on his left and goddess River Ganga worshipping on the right, large wall plaque of silver and other metals, ca 1930s
£290.00
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A finely detailed Nataraja, the lord of the dance (Tandava) exceptional details H 10.0" 19th century SOLD
A finely detailed Nataraja, the lord of the dance (Tandava) exceptional details H 10.0" 19th century SOLD
£325.00
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Shiva and Parvati riding Nandi, South East Asian bronze, H 5.8" x L 4.00" 19h century or possibly ealier
Shiva and Parvati riding Nandi, South East Asian bronze, H 5.8" x L 4.00" 19h century or possibly ealier
£330.00
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Shiva, iconic bronze as Ardhanarisvara, very finely sculptured, ca 19th century 12.5 "
Shiva, iconic bronze as Ardhanarisvara, very finely sculptured, ca 19th century 12.5 "
£354.00
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Krishnaraja Wodeyar  Gold Coin, Mysore, 1799-1868 AD Scarce
Krishnaraja Wodeyar Gold Coin, Mysore, 1799-1868 AD Scarce
£380.00
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