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A meeting of the gods (devas) and demons (asuras)

circa 1780


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Himachal Pradesh India
    Cultural origin
    circa 1780
    Media category
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    25.0 x 33.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Jim Masselos 2021
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    Within the walls of a fine palace, the gods and demons of Hindu legend meet. The gods include Shiva who wears a tiger skin and holds a trident, Brahma who has four faces, and Indra, king of the demigods, who is dressed in yellow. Indra’s skin is covered in eyes, an affliction he was cursed with by the Sage Gautama as retribution for his desire for the sage’s wife Ahalya. The demons are recognisable by their bold colours, fangs and magnificent horns. The workshops of Guler in today’s Himachal Pradesh produced paintings of exceptional quality in delicate hues.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Margaret Tyler, pre 1990, London/England, purchased by Jim Masselos

    Jim Masselos, 1990s-2021, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2021