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  • Description

    Gouache painting on paper, part of an album of seventy paintings of Indian deities. Arjuna, dressed in courtly costume with a quiver slung over his shoulder and sword and buckler at his side, folds his hands in anjali mudra and kneels before his charioteer, Kṛṣṇa. The god sits holding the horses’ bridles, with his right hand raised in the teaching gesture, jnana mudra. Their conveyance is drawn by four horses, and its roof is surmounted by a chhattra. At its sides are two flags – one with the standard bearing Arjuna’s emblem, the Hanuman flag, and the other with images of the sun and moon.


  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1830 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

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

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        facing page
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        The Chariot of Day, the Sun, guided by the Heaven born Child Vishnu
      • Inscription Comment

        written by commentator 2
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        facing page
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        No. 21. Archoonam the 3rd Brother of Panjapaundavah
      • 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’.


  • Bibliography

    • Dallapiccola 2010 cat 7.15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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Album of South Indian paintings on paper.   (15) GITOPADESHA.

Album of South Indian paintings on paper. (15) GITOPADESHA.

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