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Vishnu as Parasurama

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tehri Garhwal (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 - ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs. Grace S. Anderson in memory of her husband John Anderson, M. D., C. E. O., F. R. S.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, depicting the sixth incarnation of Vishnu (Parasurama), the tortoise. Illustration to a Vishnu Avatara series. Vishnu is slaying the thousand-armed Kahatriya King, Kartavirya and all the Kahatriya caste. This followed the murder of Parasurama's father, Jamadagni, by the sons of Kartavirya, and the robbery of the wish-granting cow Surabhi. The dead bodies of men, horses and an elephant are scattered about a walled enclosure of red brick, with two gates, angle-turrets, a small pond and a tree. Parasurama, with blue skin and gold hair, and a skirt of tiger skin, decapitates Kartevirya, whose many arms lie around his body.

Place of Origin

Tehri Garhwal (made)


ca. 1860 - ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 290 mm page, Width: 372 mm page, Height: 235 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 320 mm image within innermost painted borders

Descriptive line

Painting; Parasurama, the sixth (tortoise) incarnation of Vishnu, Pahari, Tehri Garhwal, ca. 1860-1870

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

p. 122, cat. no. 38(iii).
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Deity; Horses; Battle; Elephant; King


Paintings; Hinduism; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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