Hans Baldung (called Hans Baldung Grien) (German, Schwäbisch Gmünd (?) 1484/85–1545 Strassburg (Strasbourg))
Date: ca. 1511
the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ardhanarishvara (Sanskrit: अर्धनारीश्वर, Ardhanārīśvara), is a composite androgynous form of the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati (also known as Devi, Shakti and Uma in this icon). Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes.
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara as a symbol of Shiva’s all-pervasive nature.
Divine Mother Kali
Says the Mahanirvana Tantra: “Just as all colors disappear in black, so all names and forms disappear in her”.
Kali is so called because She devours Kala (Time) and then resumes Her own dark formlessnes. The reclined Shiva lying prostrate under her feet suggests that without the power of Kali (Shakti), Shiva is inert.
Kali Maheshvari Paravati Shankara Sharanam Maa!
evolve to the triple helix