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Painting - Garuda returning with the vase of Amrita

Garuda returning with the vase of Amrita

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache on watermarked paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Garuda, the 'vahana' of Vishnu, returning with the vase of Amrita, which he had stolen from the gods in order to free his mother from Kadru, mother of serpents. The 'vahana' is the animal mount or vehicle of a Hindu god or goddess. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India.

Place of Origin

Tiruchchirappalli (probably, made)


ca. 1825 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gouache on watermarked paper

Marks and inscriptions

A conveyance to Vistnoo named Garoodalvar conquered the davatahs and brought from their world a pot containing Holy Milk.
Inscribed with titles in Telugu with broken English translations.

watermarked paper dated 1820


Length: 22 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.

Descriptive line

Company painting; Garuda returning with the vase of Amrita, Probably 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 30 p. ISBN 0944142303


Gouache; Paper




Paintings; Hinduism; Indian Company Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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