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Title

Vishnu reclining on the serpent Shesha with Lakshmi in attendance

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This scene from the sacred Bhagavata Purana text illustrates the love of Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as they float atop the cosmic waters. The blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu is shown reclining on the giant serpent Ananta Shesha (everlasting serpent). In Vishnu’s four hands he holds his attributes – a discus, mace, lotus blossom and conch shell. Vishnu’s feet rest in Lakshmi’s lap. Their union represents the creation of the world symbolised by the birth of Brahma, the four-headed god of creation. Brahma can be seen emerging from the lotus flower growing from Vishnu’s navel.


Details


Other 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


Accession number

107.1986



Place

Where the work was made
Jaipur

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–2018