Friday, November 03, 2006

An Album of Indian Gods

The Narasimha (man-lion) avatar

The Narasimha (man-lion) avatar


Kali, a wrathful consort of Shiva
Kali, a wrathful consort of Shiva


Shiva Mahadeva and Pavarti riding Nandi
Shiva Mahadeva and Pavarti riding Nandi


Sarasvati, Goddess of language and literature
Sarasvati, Goddess of language and literature


Lakshmi, Goddess of fortune and consort of Vishnu
Lakshmi, Goddess of fortune and consort of Vishnu


Pavarti (2-armed) nursing Ganesha
Pavarti (2-armed) nursing Ganesha


Pavarti (10-armed) nursing Ganesha
Pavarti (10-armed) nursing Ganesha


Durga riding a lion killing Mahishasura
Durga mounted on a lion fighting the demon Mahishasura



Ganga, Goddess of the River Ganges
Ganga, Goddess of the River Ganges


Brahma Enthroned
Brahma Enthroned


A Peri, a fairy of Persian tradition
A Peri, a fairy of Persian tradition


The Kalighat pictures "Indian gods" album was created in 1875 in West Bengal and is on display in 2 pages of thumbnail images in the Oxford Digital Library. (Kalighat painting)

4 comments:

Koldo said...

The picture of the Godess Kali was the inspiration for the famous Rolling Stones logo, designed by John Pasche in 1971. It was shown to the artist by Mick Jagger because he was looking for something similar. Of course the result was pretty different, but also wonderful. You can read more about it in my blog article Top 10 Rock Band Logos.
I love your blog.
Koldo Barroso

pk said...

Thanks koldo, that's a great story. I see that the image you have is 'nearly' identical to this Kali. But if they were created as 'inexpensive souvenirs' I guess there would have been many handmade copies.

Anonymous said...

Very cool! Thanks!

m.i.m. said...

i love indian mythologie. these pictures are wonderful. i keep looking for interesting styles of depictions of these divinities and their stories. this blog is really great. i come here often for inspiration ;-)

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