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Gouache painting on paper from a set of eight paintings of deities and processional scenes. Gaṇeśa seated on his mount the rat, flanked by two 'ganas' (or 'bhutas' as named in the inscription). He holds his four attributes, one in each hand: the 'pasha' and 'ankusha' in his upper hands, and the broken tusk and the 'laddu' in his lower hands.
- Painted in: Thanjavur
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Tamil Nadu,Thanjavur District,Thanjavur)
- Height: 29.7 centimetres
- Width: 20.5 centimetres
Inscription Positionpasted to the mount
Inscription ContentVinayaca Mushica Vahanah. Vinayaca a Ganesha borne by the Large Indian Rat (vul: Bandicoot) and attended by the Bhutas
The layout of the paintings resemble the large so-called 'Thanjavur' paintings which hang in private puja rooms and in the meeting halls of religious institutions.
When this collection was originally acquired, eight paintings in a distinctly Tanjore style (1974,0617,0.14.1-8) were bound together with a collection of thirty paintings (1974,0617,0.14.9-38) that appear to be of a style associated with Maharashtra. The paintings have since all been removed from this binding.
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1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.150
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.150
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.150
Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
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Object reference number: RFI2089
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