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Harihara Sadashiva

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  • Description

    Sadashiva, the Eternal form of Shiva, whose heads face the cardinal points and the zenith, is shown in the form of Harihara, bearing the combined attributes of Shiva and Vishnu. The god’s massive chest and belly recall portraits of Raja Sidh Sen of Mandi (r.1684-1727), a ruler of large physique and reputedly an adept with yogic powers. Sidh Sen’s self-identification with Shiva is reflected in a number of portraits showing him as an ascetic or as the god himself.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Mandi (place of creation)
    1710 - 1720
    Associated people
    Sidh Sen, Maharaja of Mandi (ruled 1684 - 1727) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 48 x 41.5 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 37.5 x 31 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 51 on p. 126, pp. 10 & 18, illus. p. 127



  • Vishnu

    Vishnu is, with Shiva, one of the two most important gods in later Hinduism. He is regarded as sustainer of the universe and maintainer of order. Assuming various forms (avatars), he restores the balance of good and evil in the world.

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