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Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Guler (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The three greatest Hindu deities are shown here together with their consorts. They are sometimes regarded as a trinity, who together represent aspects of the supreme godhead. The four-headed Brahma, holding copies of the oldest Indian sacred scriptures, the Vedas, together with his consort Saraswati, symbolises the power of creation. Next to him the blue Vishnu, with his consort Lakshmi, represents the energy that upholds and preserves creation. To their right Shiva, with his wife Parvati, embodies the power of destruction. All three divine couples sit on lotus flowers, which are one of the most ancient Indian symbols of purity and spiritual power. This painting may have been made for the enjoyment of a local nobleman or ruler and was probably the work of local artists in north-west India.

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Brahma (with Saraswati), Vishnu (with Lakshmi) and Shiva (with Parvati) seated on lotuses with their consorts.

Place of Origin

Guler (made)


ca. 1770 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 134 mm, Width: 222 mm maximum

Object history note

Previously in the Rothenstein Collection.

Descriptive line

Painting, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva seated on lotuses with their consorts, opaque watercolour on paper, Guler, ca. 1770


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Lotus; Deities


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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