Ink and wash drawing on European paper of Nataraja and Śivakami in procession. The images of Nataraja and Śivakami are housed in a small portable mandapa (pillared hall) with ornamented columns and pearl tassels cascading from the edges of the roof. Surrounded by a prabhavali (ornamental arch), Nataraja, wearing a tiger skin, dances energetically. In his upper hands he carries the damaru (hourglass shaped drum) and the flame. His lower left hand points downwards to the Apasmara (personification of ignorance) wriggling beneath his right foot, and his lower right points towards the sky. Around the shoulders of the image are draped various floral garlands. On Nataraja’s left is the goddess Śivakami, sumptuously dressed and garlanded. She stands gracefully, a flower in her right hand and the left hanging loose at her side. Several devotees headed by a torchbearer accompany the divine pair. Among them are attendants carrying chhattras (parasols), pennants and fly-whisks. Flanking the palanquin are two priests carrying a flower garland, a flower basket, a goblet (?) and a bell.

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Jonathan Miles to The British Museum
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1820-1830, circa

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