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Vamana

Painting
ca. 1825 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the guise of a dwarf, Vamana, the fifth avatar(incarnation) of Vishnu, appeared before King Bali, who in his generosity agreed to grant the dwarf as much land as he could cover in three steps. The dwarf then grew in size and covered the earth in one step, the heavens in the next and placed the third step on King Bali's head. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gouache on watermarked paper
Brief Description
Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Vamana; the dwarf, fifth avatar of Vishnu, Trichinopoly, ca.1825.
Physical Description
In the guise of a dwarf, Vamana, the fifth avatar(incarnation) of Vishnu, appeared before King Bali, who in his generosity agreed to grant the dwarf as much land as he could cover in three steps. The dwarf then grew in size and covered the earth in one step, the heavens in the next and placed the third step on King Bali's head. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India.
Dimensions
  • Length: 22cm
  • Width: 18cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'There was formerly a king named Balychackravurtheea who was sovereign of the two worlds that is the sky and this world - Vistnoo with an intention to deprive himself of his kingdoms came as a begger by name Vamana to beg of him 3 feet of ground.' (Inscribed with titles in Telugu with broken english translations.)
  • '1820'
Object history
Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
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
Collection
Accession Number
IM.428-1923

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record createdOctober 2, 2002
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