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Collection

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Title
Vishnu reclining on the serpent Sesha with Lakshmi in attendance
Other titles:
Vishnu and Laxmi resting on serpent god Sheshnag
Alternative title:
Vishnu and Laxmi resting on serpent god Sheshnag
Place of origin
JaipurRajasthanIndia
Period
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
Year
19th century
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
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
Accession number
107.1986
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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.