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  • Place of origin:

    Murshidabad (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paintings of composite animals occur in several parts of India. The convention sometimes referes to the Hindu god Shiva in his role as Pashupati or 'Lord of the animals'. The bull in this painting is a reference to nandi ('Joyful'), Shiva's bull vehicle.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a Shaivite figure with angel's wings and pale white skin, with a cobra entwined on either arm, riding a composite bull, made up of hares, tigers, deer, camel, tigers, nilgai, goat, crocodile, parrots and fishes and including two child ascetics and one female head. He holds a gold ascetic's crook, he is preceded by a white demon with horns, holding a mace in his left hand and a cobra in his right, a second cobra is entwined around his left arm.

Place of Origin

Murshidabad (made)


ca. 1760 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Descriptive line

Painting, winged Shaivite figure riding composite bull, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760


Paper; Paint; Opaque watercolour; Gold



Subjects depicted

Hares; Crocodile; Tigers; Ascetics; Snakes; Bull; Crook; Parrots; Man; Fishes; Goat; Camel


Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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