A striking Madhubani composition that captures the essence of the Ardhanarishvara. Ardhanrishvara, which translates to half-woman lord, is the name given to the matter and energy confluence that causes the world as we know it (drshyam). It is a potent union, visually represented by the singular figure of half-Shiva-half-Parvati. In the painting that you see on this page, there is differentiation between the figures from the neck above.
A skewed silhouette, filled in with solid vibrant pastels. The background is the most eclectic aspect of this composition. The red and yellow dupatta of Devi Parvati forms a gracious aureole behind them both. The various implements in the hands of Ardhanarishvara blend into the background, adding to the riot of colours and motifs therein. This is a complex folk art number that would turn heads and start conversations no matter where in your home or office you choose to install it.
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