- Museum number
- Series: Ten Avatars of Vishnu
Gouache painting on paper. Viṣṇu in the half-lion, half-man form of Narasimha, the fourth avatar of the god. Narasimha, having emerged from a column, has disembowelled the proud demon Hiranyakashipu. The outstretched hand of the god is in the position of boon-fulfilling, 'varadra-mudra'. It reaches towards the devotee Prahlada who has adopted the hand-position of 'anjalimudra' (adoration).
- Production date
- 1800 (circa)
Height: 34.60 centimetres (including border)
Width: 27.50 centimetres (including border)
- Curator's comments
- Blurton, 1992:
The architectural backdrop, including the section inlaid with coloured marble, suggests a provenance in the Deccan not far removed from Rajasthan.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number