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The Hindu god Vishnu in the form of a fish (Matsya avatar)

18th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Bikaner Rajasthan India
    18th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour on paper
    Gift of Dr J Masselos 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    The great Hindu god Vishnu preserves the order of the universe. When equilibrium is threatened, one of his many avatars or incarnations journeys to the earth to restore peace. Matsya, Vishnu’s fish avatar Vishnu saved the first human from a flood. Later Matsya created a cyclone in which he collected one of every species of plant and animal. Here Vishnu appears from the mouth of the fish while the four-headed god Brahma looks on.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition