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Vishnu

Painting
ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the Gods in Vishnu's heaven with Vishnu sitting enthroned on a heap of lotus petals, his consort Lakshmi is seated beside him. To the right stands a figure, crowned and nimbate wielding a white fly-whisk. Behind him stands Shiva draped in a leopard-skin skirt, accompanied by Ganesh. A group of thirteen gods and male musicians are ranked in four tiers before him. They are headed by the four-headed Brahma and include Indra, covered with many eyes and Narada with his vina. In the foreground are two dancing girls with others making music.


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Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, gods in Vishnu's heaven, opaque watercolour on paper, Guler, ca. 1750
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, the Gods in Vishnu's heaven with Vishnu sitting enthroned on a heap of lotus petals, his consort Lakshmi is seated beside him. To the right stands a figure, crowned and nimbate wielding a white fly-whisk. Behind him stands Shiva draped in a leopard-skin skirt, accompanied by Ganesh. A group of thirteen gods and male musicians are ranked in four tiers before him. They are headed by the four-headed Brahma and include Indra, covered with many eyes and Narada with his vina. In the foreground are two dancing girls with others making music.
Dimensions
  • Height: 276mm (maximum)
  • Width: 380mm (maximum)
26/06/2013 dimensions measured as part of Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project 2013; object irregular in shape
Content description
The Gods in Vishnu's heaven, with Vishnu sitting enthroned on a heap of lotus petals, his consort Lakshmi is seated beside him. To the right stands a figure, crowned and nimbate wielding a white fly-whisk. Behind him stands Shiva draped in a leopard-skin skirt, accompanied by Ganesh. A group of thirteen gods and male musicians are ranked in four tiers before him. They are headed by the four-headed Brahma and include Indra, covered with many eyes and Narada with his vina. In the foreground are two dancing girls with others making music.
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Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of Lady Rothenstein and Art Fund
Object history
Formerly in the Rothenstein Collection.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
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: 0856670022pp. 154-55, cat. no. 29
Collection
Accession Number
IS.130-1951

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record createdJanuary 6, 2003
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