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Vishnu as Buddha Avatar

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rajasthan (made)
    Jaipur (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (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, in opaque watercolour on paper, Buddha avatara, the ninth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, is shown as a four-armed, haloed deity seated on a low throne, attended by two men bearing yak-tail fly-whisks (chowries).

Place of Origin

Rajasthan (made)
Jaipur (possibly, made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Buddha Avatara'
handwritten in lower border


Height: 216 mm, Width: 160 mm, Height: 162 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 112 mm image within innermost painted borders

Descriptive line

Painting, Buddha avatar, the ninth incarnation of Vishnu, opaque watercolour on paper, Rajasthan, possibly Jaipur, mid 19th century


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Fly whisks; Deity


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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