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Unknown, India

Carved Hindu manuscript cover
17th-18th century
wood and vermilion powder
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Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Ms. Amy S. Clague in honor of the Museum's 50th Anniversary
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Description: This cover shows the "holy family" of Shiavite Hinduism: Shiva, the god of destruction; his consort Parvati (center); and their sons Kumara (right, with four arms) and Ganesha (left, with an elephant head). Artists often depict Ganesha individually, as a deity revered for wisdom and good fortune. All but Parvati are shown as multi-armed and multi-headed, indicating their superhuman powers.
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