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Painting - Narasimha, the fourth avatara of Vishnu.

Narasimha, the fourth avatara of Vishnu.

  • 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

Narasimha, the fourth avatara of Vishnu, killing Hiranyakasipu. To the right of the god stands the son of the asura, Prahlada. Narasimha is twelve-armed, white skinned and wears a green skir, royal jewellery and a conical crown. He sits on the stump of he column from which he has just emerged, with the brown-skinned demon held across his knees. Two hands pull out the intestine, another two hold it as a garland behind the lion-head. The remaining hands hold (R.) staff, sword, plough (L.) shield, sword, mace.

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

'44. Vishnoo with lion face killing Herinniah Caswah.'
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, Narasimha, the fourth avatara of Vishnu, 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 29 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Paper




Hinduism; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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