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Painting - Indra, chief of the gods and the guardian of the east, on his elephant, Airavata.
  • Indra, chief of the gods and the guardian of the east, on his elephant, Airavata.
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Indra, chief of the gods and the guardian of the east, on his elephant, Airavata.

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Trichinopoly (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on watermarked paper

  • Museum number:

    IM.404-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Indra, chief of the gods and the guardian of the east, on his elephant, Airavata. The god is golden-skinned, four-armed, wearing royal garments, jewellery and a crown. In two hands he holds an elephant-goad (ankusa) and in the other two he holds short swords with wavy blades.

Place of Origin

Trichinopoly (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gouache on watermarked paper

Marks and inscriptions

Coombhacarner the brother of Ravanah in war.
Inscription; decoration; Telugu; Beneath illustration
Roman

'50 Davaindron on White elephant going to fight with his adversary.'
Inscription; decoration; English; Roman

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm, width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Indra, chief of the gods and the guardian of the east, on his elephant, Airavata, 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

Materials

Gouache; Paper

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Elephant

Categories

Hinduism; Paintings; Indian Company Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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