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Indra, the god of storms, riding on a white elephant, Airavata.

Painting
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Indra, the god of storms and guardian of the east, riding on his white elephant Airavata. He is yellow-skinned and four-armed. He holds two swords with wavy blades. His upper body is covered with eyes, jewellery and a red scarf. The loin-cloth is green. The elephant is richly caparisoned, and carries a noose in its trunk.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gouache on watermarked paper
Brief Description
Painting; gouache on watermarked paper, Trichinopoly, ca. 1825.
Physical Description
Indra, the god of storms and guardian of the east, riding on his white elephant Airavata. He is yellow-skinned and four-armed. He holds two swords with wavy blades. His upper body is covered with eyes, jewellery and a red scarf. The loin-cloth is green. The elephant is richly caparisoned, and carries a noose in its trunk.
Dimensions
  • Height: 22cm
  • Width: 18cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • (Inscription; decoration; Telugu; Beneath illustration)
  • '9. Davaindradoo on White Elephant.' (English; Roman)
Object history
Purchased from Mr A. Churchill, 1923.
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992 26 p. ISBN 0944142303
Collection
Accession Number
IM.363-1923

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record createdJuly 14, 2000
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