An unusual form of early Shaivite trimurti: the three major deities, plus Surya, emerge from a lingam (Gupta period, c.500's CE)

(downloaded May 2006)

The three major deities stand together, in a sculpture from Rajasthan, 1000's

(downloaded Mar. 2007)

"A Gray Sandstone Relief of the Hindu Trinity. India, Rajasthan, 11th Century. Deeply and crisply carved depicting Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva standing alongside, with their right hands raised in abhaya mudra, holding their distinctive attributes in their upper hands, Brahma a flower, rosary and book, Vishnu a club and disc, Shiva a flower and trident, with their respective mounts below them, Hamsa, Garuda and Nandi, and smaller figures in adoration. 30 in. (76.2 cm.) high."


The view from *PREVOST*, c.1750 ("Isuren" is for "Ishvara"); click on any image for a large scan

Source: ebay, June 2008

Another unusual fusion: the figure of "Dattatreya," who is sometimes imagined as an avatar of all three of the great deities (bazaar art, c.1970's); *a depiction of Dattatreye from the Ravi Varma studio, c.1910's*; *another "Dattatreya," Ravi Varma Press, c.1910's*; *a slightly different view*; and *a more recent print*

Source: ebay, Jan. 2007

Shiva in the center: a business card, c.1910's

Source: ebay, Nov. 2006

Brahma in the center: "Devaloka," a religious print from the Ravi Varma Press, 1910's; the sequins that adorn it are original

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

Vishnu in the center: a modern religious print

(downloaded Apr. 2006)

A quasi-trimurti image in which Vishnu is given the highest place (bazaar art, 1940's)

Source: ebay, Apr. 2005

Brahma is in the front and center-- but he's also much smaller (bazaar art, c.1990's)

Source: ebay, Sept. 2008

"Panch Parmeshwar" ("five supreme gods"), a Vishnu-centric synthesis that includes two of his avatars (Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Rama)

Source: ebay, Apr. 2005

A Shiva-centric trimurti: "The Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesha," a modern batik

Source: ebay, Apr. 2004

A Vaishnavite trimurti, with meditating yogis; bazaar art, c.1980's; *a large scan*

Source: ebay, Mar. 2008

The three great gods bless Durga, who is also attended by Sarasvati and Lakshmi

Source: ebay. Oct. 2006

The three great gods bless Ganesh, in a Shiva-centric view; modern bazaar art

Source: ebay, Jan. 2010

The three great gods bless Ganesh (bazaar art, c.1980's); *a much larger scan of this print*

Source: ebay, Oct. 2007

An extraordinary-- and merged-together-- trimurti: Hanuman, Shiva, Rama (bazaar art, 1980's)

Source: ebay, Aug. 2007

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