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Vishnu and Gajendra

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Kangra, India (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    IS.191-1955

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, room 41, case Q1

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Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Gajendra moksha, Vishnu saves the elephant king, Gajendra, from the crocodile, while the elephant herd sport nearby. Garuda stands in worship with a serpent between his hands, symbolising the victory of the solar principle over the water creature (which takes place in the ensuing conflict).

Place of Origin

Kangra, India (made)

Date

ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Dimensions

Height: 343 mm, Width: 264 mm, Height: 245 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 224 mm image within innermost painted borders

Descriptive line

Painting, Gajendra moksha, Vishnu saves the elephant king, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Kangra, ca. 1830

Labels and date

VISHNU SAVES THE ELEPHANT KING
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Kangra, Punjab Hills
c. 1830
IS.191-1955
Purchased with the assistance of
the Art Fund
In this scene, Gajendra moksha, the king of
the elephants has been seized by a monstrous crocodile. Other elephants scatter in terror into the forest but the god Vishnu rescues the elephant-king. He holds three of his attributes (conch shell, mace and lotus) and has just thrown his flaming chakra (discus) at the crocodile. The man-eagle Garuda, Vishnu’s vahana or ‘vehicle’, stands reverently behind him. Garuda is a solar symbol and vanquisher of snakes.
[27/9/2013]

Materials

Paper; Paint; Gold; Opaque watercolour

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Deities; Elephant; Vishnu; Serpents; Garuda; Crocodile; Gajendra

Categories

Paintings; Hinduism; Animals and Wildlife

Collection code

SSEA

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