Large, highly detailed sculpture of four-armed Siva with skull-adorned diadem, holding a double-sided (damaru) drum in upper proper left hand, lower proper left arm embracing the Goddess seated upon his lap. His zebu bull is by his pendent proper right leg.  Parvati (as Gauri) with a iguana vahana as well as Ganesha riding his rat (lower left) and Kartikeya riding his peacock (lower right). Face-of-glory (kirtimukha) at mandorla's peack with waved cloud/foliate motifs.

Uma-Mahesvara (Siva and Parvati) with Ganesha and Kartikeya

Halebid region, Karnataka, India

Hoysala period (1111-1318), About 1150

  • Titles Uma-Mahesvara (Siva and Parvati) with Ganesha and Kartikeya (Proper)
  • Medium chloritic schist
  • Dimensions 38 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 11 in. (97.8 x 59.7 x 27.9 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the 1990 Museum Dinner and Ball, 1990.109
  • Work Type sculpture
  • Classification Sculpture
  • On View