Seen as above, Hanuman is kneeling on one leg as if receiving benediction from his lord and master Rama. In this canvas, Hanuman is shown with five faces. He is mentioned in texts as the eleventh incarnation of Shiva, who is also believed to have five heads, hence the Panchmukha Hanuman. On his main face can be seen an expression of humility and devotion. Surrounding it are those of Varaha, Garuda, Ashva and Simha. These heads symbolize the various attributes or powers of Hanuman. In their hands they hold various weapons of offence and defence.
The technique of oil painting has been put to perfection while achieving the hairy body of the ape; the gentle expression on all the faces and the blue background made exciting by numerous shades and tones of blue.
This description by Kiranjyot.
Of Related Interest:
Images of Rudra
Hanuman in Art
The Mystery of Hanuman
The Iconographic Genesis of Shiva
Oil Paintings Gallery
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