Vishnu reclining on the serpent Sesha with Lakshmi in attendance
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.
Vishnu and Laxmi resting on serpent god Sheshnag
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
opaque watercolour with gold on paper
19.1 x 26.5 cm image; 23.6 x 31.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Mr J. Kitto 1986
Not on display