Posted on: 11 January 2017

Winged Shaivite? figure riding composite bull, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a Shaivite figure with angel's wings and pale white skin, with a cobra entwined on either arm, riding a composite bull, made up of hares, tigers, deer, camel, tigers, nilgai, goat, crocodile, parrots and fishes and including two child ascetics and one female head. He holds a gold ascetic's crook, he is preceded by a white demon with horns, holding a mace in his left hand and a cobra in his right, a second cobra is entwined around his left arm.

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Copyright: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Paśhupati "Lord of all animals" originally an epithet of Rudra in the Vedic period and now is an epithet of Shiva. The Rigveda has the related term paśupati"cattle-keeping" as an epithet for Pushan.

I am amazed with the portrait and the description. What is this? Any religious entity ?

The "White Demon with Horns"could be Nandi


thats nandi i belive on the forefront..not a demon