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Vishnu as Vamana 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, King Bali is shown seated on a terrace, offering water to Vamana, the dwarf avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu and an attendant. A maid holding a fly-whisk stands behind his throne.

Place of Origin

Rajasthan (made)
Jaipur (possibly, made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Vamana or Dwarf Avatara'
handwritten in border


Height: 215 mm, Width: 160 mm, Height: 162 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 113 mm image within innermost painted borders

Descriptive line

Painting, the Vamana (dwarf) avatar of Vishnu, opaque watercolour on paper, Rajasthan, possibly Jaipur, mid 19th century


Paint; Opaque watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Fly whisk; Deity; Servant; King; Dwarf


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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