Watercolour painting on paper of Samudramanthana, the Churning of the Ocean. This event took place during the second incarnation of Visnu as Kurma, the tortoise. The painting shows Visnu seated on the top of Mount Mandara, here represented as a pole. He holds a discus, sword, conch and lotus in his four hands and has a golden nimbus around his head. The pole rests on the back of Kurma who swims on the surface of the ocean. Around the pole is wrapped the snake Vasuki. On one side the snake is pulled by the gods and on the other it is pulled by the Danava’s. On the shore of the ocean are the objects which have emerged during the churning, which include Laksmi, Varuni, the conch, the elephant mount of Brahma, Airavata, Surabhi the wish fulfilling cow and the vessel holding amrita which bestows immortality on the drinker. A crescent moon is shown in the top left corner of the painting. The painting is surrounded by a black border.
- Painted in: Patna (?)
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Bihar (state),Patna)
- Found/Acquired: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 29 centimetres
- Width: 22.8 centimetres
Inscription Positionlower border
Inscription ContentIncarnation of the Tortoise.
Inscription Positionupper border
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Object reference number: RFI124
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