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Title

From a manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana

late 18th century-early 19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Datia Madhya Pradesh India
    Date
    late 18th century-early 19th century
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    opaque watercolour and ink on paper; double sided
    Dimensions
    18.5 x 35.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr J Masselos 2021
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    108.2021
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  • About

    Painted and inscribed on both sides, this page from a sacred Bhagavata Purana text illustrates the love of the Hindu god Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as they float atop the cosmic waters. The blue-skinned 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.