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Painting - Shiva in his form as Bichandi or Bhikshatana

Shiva in his form as Bichandi or Bhikshatana

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on watermarked paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The god Shiva in his form as Bichandi or Bhikshatana. The god is white-skinned and nude but for a red loin-cloth and garlands of jewels and skulls. He is four-armed and holds the trident and blood-bowl in two hands, and the drum and deer in the other two hands. His hair is crowned by a flame. A yellow-skinned figure carries a bowl with eyes, on his head, before the god.

Place of Origin

Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)


ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gouache on watermarked paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription; decoration; Telugu; Telugu; Beneath illustration

'4. Pitchandeeswerer'
Inscription; decoration; English; Roman


Height: 22 cm, width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Shiva in his form as Bichandi or Bhikshatana, Trichinopoly, ca. 1825

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 25 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Paper



Subjects depicted



Hinduism; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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