The beauteous eyes of Lord Shiva are steeped in contemplation over the conch. In the midst of His albatross brow is a semblance of the third eye smeared with vermillion. Circular gold kundalas set off the pronounced jawline of the handsome Mahadeva. Luxuriant auburn hair spread about His shoulders, from the crevices of which a serpent raises its hood against the glamour of His halo.
The serpents coiled around His wrists and arms and waist go well with the ruggedness of the backdrop. A range of snow-clad mountains and hints of verdure. The Lord is clearly resting on a sheet of ice, over which He has spread out His mat fashioned from the skin of a tiger He had overpowered. Note how His legs are gathered in a seeming bhadrasana, despite the relaxed stance of the rest of Him.