Edward Moor's book "The Hindu Pantheon", published in 1810, provides numerous pictures of Hindu gods. Here's one such picture, depicting Shiva and Parvati:
My question is, who is the small figure depicted between them, holding two lotus flowers? Is that one of Shiva's Ganas, or Shiva's son Kartikeya (aka Muruga or Skanda)? Could it be Nandi, who's described in anthropomorphic terms as I discuss here?
The reason I ask is that Moor says "the lower central little gentlemen (fig. 6) I am not acquainted with", but considering that he was writing in a period when the Europeans were just starting to become acquainted with Hinduism, we may have more information about this figure. Are there any descriptions in Hindu scripture of Kartikeya or Shiva's Ganas holding two lotus flowers?
By the way, another odd thing about the picture is that Shiva is holding a bull in his hand! Now Shiva is known as Pashupati, the lord of animals, and he rides on a bull and has a bull on his flag, but has anyone ever seen him holding a bull?