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Title

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Sesha with Lakshmi in attendance

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This scene from the sacred text “Bahgavata Purana” illustrates the love of Vishnu and Lakshmi floating atop the cosmic waters. The blue skinned God Vishnu is found reclining on the giant serpent Ananta Shesha (everlasting serpent). In Vishnu’s four arms he carries his four attributes, discus, mace, louts flower and conch shell and around his neck hangs a multi-coloured garland. His feet rest in the lap of his consort Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Their union represents the creation of the world symbolised by the birth of Brahma. Brahma, the four headed God of creation can be seen emerging from the ovary of the louts flower as it grows from the navel of Vishnu.


Details


Other Title

Vishnu and Laxmi resting on serpent god Sheshnag


Alternative title

Vishnu and Laxmi resting on serpent god Sheshnag


Place where the work was made

Jaipur Rajasthan India


Date

19th century


Materials used

opaque watercolour with gold on paper


Dimensions

19.1 x 26.5 cm image; 23.6 x 31.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

107.1986



Place

Where the work was made
Jaipur