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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1992,0410,0.1.16

  • Description

    Gouache painting on paper, part of an album of seventy paintings of Indian deities. The four armed goddess Lakṣmī, sitting cross-legged on a throne. In her upper pair of hands she carries lotuses; her lower right hand is in abhaya mudra and her lower left in varada mudra. On either side of her is a white, richly caparisoned elephant pouring water on the lotuses in her upper hands. She is sumptuously attired in a red sari and green blouse and bedecked with jewellery, as befits the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

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  • Date

    • 1830 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.5 centimetres
    • Width: 17 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        facing page
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Elephants pouring out of golden vessels on the Lotus which expands: or, – strength administering to a placency of this Deity
      • Inscription Comment

        written by commentator 2
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        facing page
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        No. 24. The Consort of Birma called Gaja Letchmy or Pallas
      • Inscription Comment

        written by commentator 1
  • Curator's comments

    Dallapiccola 2010:
    An album of seventy paintings of Indian gods, including the unusual inclusion of the myth of Trishira, Ravana’s brother, who is said to be the founder of the city of Tiruchirappalli (1992,0410,0.1.49 & 1992,0410,0.1.53). This suggests that the album was produced in Tiruchirappalli. The album includes inscribed commentary from three different people. The first commentator attempts to identify each of the paintings and sometimes draws parallels with Egyptian mythology. The second commentator expands on these identifications and attempts to draw comparisons with classical mythology, whilst the third commentator is interested in the various sectarian marks that characterize Shaivas and Vaishnavas. The images retain the brilliant colour of the paint, evidence of the album having been kept closed for long periods since its creation. The buckram binding of the album is stamped with the words ‘Hindu Deities’.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dallapiccola 2010 cat 7.16 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1992

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1992,0410,0.1.16

Gouache painting on paper, part of an album of seventy paintings of Indian deities.  The four armed goddess Lak?mi, sitting cross-legged on a throne. In her upper pair of hands she carries lotuses; her lower right hand is in abhaya mudra and her lower left in varada mudra. On either side of her is a white, richly caparisoned elephant pouring water on the lotuses in her upper hands. She is sumptuously attired in a red sari and green blouse and bedecked with jewellery, as befits the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Gouache painting on paper, part of an album of seventy paintings of Indian deities. The four armed goddess Lak?mi, sitting cross-legged on a throne. In her upper pair of hands she carries lotuses; her lower right hand is in abhaya mudra and her lower left in varada mudra. On either side of her is a white, richly caparisoned elephant pouring water on the lotuses in her upper hands. She is sumptuously attired in a red sari and green blouse and bedecked with jewellery, as befits the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

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