Annapurna and Shiva

Goddess Annapurna (She of Plenteous Food) is depicted being supplicated by Shiva, seen as an ascetic who seeks alms from her. Seated on a throne she places food (possibly rice) in Shiva’s bowl with a spoon held in her right hand. Even Shiva is dependent on her for nourishment and food. A mendicant’s bag is hung on Shiva’s right shoulder.

Black ink, watercolor, and tin paint, with graphite underdrawing on paper


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