The god Bhairava. Bengal, perhaps Chandannagar, 1760. Sitting on a throne (pitha), this god holds in each hand a trident and his forehead has a third eye. Traditionally accompanied by a dog as here, it guards the entrance of the Shaivite temples. The inscription on the back indicates it is the chief of the gods. Two monstrous creatures frame Bhairava: the left has elephant ears, while the other goat face is topped by a small woman's head. Roof of the temple is typical of Bengal.
Dancing dakini, a female deity, holds the Buddhist wheel of wisdom -dharmachakra- in her right hand, flanked by golden fish and surmounted by a conch, symbols of auspiciousness. On paper from a larger sheet (now lost).