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Gynandromorphism in Indian ArtDurable Link to this BLOG
There is news in the scientific community today that the scientists have solved the mystery of gynandromorphous (half-male and half-female) chickens.

To mark the occasion, we pulled out images of "Ardhanarishwar", an icon in Indian Culture representing the half-male, half-female form of Lord Shiva.

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Ardha-Narishwara  Half Man, Half Woman
Ardha-Narishwara Half Man, Half Woman
Detail from Madhubani folk painting

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Ardha-Narishwara
Ardha-Narishwara
An excellent sculpture of "Uma-Maheswara" located at Banashankari (Bijapur district) wherein the masculine and feminine characters are beautifully carved in a single icon.

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"Ardhanarishwara" from a Maithili Painting
"Ardhanarishwara" from a Maithili Painting

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A Spectacular Mixed Metal Sculpture of Ardhanarishwara
A Spectacular Mixed Metal Sculpture of Ardhanarishwara
Androgynous form of Lord Shiva depicted in Indian art

First Created: Thursday, March 11, 2010
Last Updated: 3/11/2010 3:27:07 PM

 

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