Shri Shri Panchanan

Kansaripara Art StudioLate 19th century

Museum of Art & Photography

Museum of Art & Photography
Bangalore, India

This is a chromolithograph depicting Shiva with five heads, called Panchanan Shiva - each head representing one aspect of the deity. He is portrayed wearing tiger skin as a lower garment while the rest of his body is ash-covered. He has a protruding belly and long golden hair forming a 'jata' with snakes. He is also four armed and sits cross-legged on a fully bloomed lotus that signifies an enlightened being. He wears rudraksha beads in his neck and arms, and holds a golden axe and another rudraksha garland in two of his four hands. With the other hands, he displays abhaya (no fear) and varada (boon) mudras. The backdrop is framed by curtains on each side referring to a performance stage.


  • Title: Shri Shri Panchanan
  • Creator: Kansaripara Art Studio
  • Date Created: Late 19th century
  • Location: Kolkata
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 40 cm, W. 30 cm
  • Type: Print
  • Medium: Chromolithograph
  • Museum No.: POP.00115
  • Department: Popular Culture

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