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18th century Sculpture of Lord Shiva and Parvati

Wood has been an excellent medium for artists in India right from the start. Throughout the history of Indian art, wood carvings seems to be the most luxurious kind of art. Well-known example of wooden sculptures can be that of the Hindu temples in ancient period which were marvelously decorated with doors, ceilings and various fittings carved in teak and other kinds of wood. These carvings were marked with typical patterns of extreme richness and minute elaboration. In India, idols of god, goddesses and demigods are the most preferred themes through this presentation.

Seen here is the sculpture of the four armed Lord Shiva with his wife, Parvati, seated on the Nandi. The background is decorated with a round shaped prabhavali. It is an 18th century sculpture in wood, sculpted in South Indian style. The southern parts of India are known for their wooden sculptures and toys as they display intricate carvings with meticulous finishing. You can always reach us at to know about pieces that intrigue you as that is something that cannot be subdued!18th century Sculpture of Lord Shiva and Parvati


17th century sculpture of five human figures

The sculpture pictured below belongs to the 17th century.  The entire piece is carved out of wood and depicts a couple seated on a rectangular bench, where the woman is shown combing the man’s hair. They’re flanked by a lady standing with a dog on one side and a man on the other. There is also a man reclining below the bench.

We wouldn’t know what their positioning means but it is said that maybe they represent prayers for some kind of purpose like a strong son, good crops or a bountiful catch of fish or other reasons.  At times the figures of men, women, animals and combinations of all these are served to honor nature and its power in many expressions.

Sculpture is one of the oldest forms of the arts and getting to see an almost 300 year old one is by any standard a fortune. If you would like to see this one, and you are in Mumbai, The Great Eastern Home isn’t that far away. A visit would be worth your while. Plan your visit at

The Great Eastern Home 17th century sculpture of 5 human figures