Ardhanarishvara, meaning the ‘Lord who is half woman’, is a composite form of Shiva and his consort Shakti (Parvati), fused into one body as Shiva-Shakti. In this beautiful print the trinity of Shiva-Shakti and their two sons, Ganesha and Kumara, appear together as a ‘Holy Family’. Shiva manifests in the ‘white male’ or right side of Ardhanari’s four-armed body, and Parvati in the ‘red female’ or left side. Shiva’s aura is a blazing mass of fire and his vehicle is his white bull Nandi, while Parvati’s aura is made of pink lotuses and her vehicle is a white lion. The lotus upon which Ardhanari sits floats upon the blue waters of Lake Manasarovar in Western Tibet, with the great snow-capped dome of Shiva’s divine abode, Mount Kailash, dominating the background of this painting. The four-armed dancing forms of white Ganesha with his rat vehicle, and red Kumara with his peacock vehicle appear to the lower left and right of Ardhanari, and the outer border or torana of this paintings is decorated with the traditional Newar symbols of auspicious and mythical creatures.