MALA COMPRISING MINIATURES OF THE THIRTEEN DEITIES (L-R) SEETLA MATA. BRAHMA. KALA BHAIRU. GUPT GANGA. VISHNU. MATSYA. GANESH, RIDDHI, SIDDHI. HANUMAN. SARASWATI. DHRUV. JAGDISH of ALWAR. BHATRIHARI of SARISKA. GORAKNATH, MID 19TH CENTURY, RAJASTHAN, GOUACHE AND GOLD ON PAPER UNDER GLASS, 13 SILVER AMULETS, RECTANGULAR ONES 37 X 35 MM, OVAL ONES 35 X 38 MM. PHOTO: DOMINIC THOMAS. COLLECTION OF THE AUTHOR – TAASA Review September 2021
as well as the attributes or weapons they hold and the vahanas (mounts) which transport them.
The miniature entitled Ganesh, Riddhi, Siddhi shows the values of Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (liberation or moksha), personified as the consorts of Ganesh. While some of the miniatures are executed in the folk manner and others are sparingly painted they none the less adhere to these rules.
The artist may however double-up where he feels that an attribute is worth emphasizing...