- Museum number
- Series: Ten Avatars of Vishnu
Gouache painting on paper. Viṣṇu in the form of Kalki, the tenth avatar of the god. This is the incarnation of Viṣṇu that has yet to come, and is represented by a white horse with an umbrella over the saddle. Viṣṇu himself leads the horse in this painting, where the figures are set against a green backdrop that fades into the hint of a sky above. The arrival of Kalki will end the present age of darkness and destruction known as the Kali Yuga.
- Production date
- 1800 (circa)
Height: 34.50 centimetres (including border)
Width: 27.50 centimetres (including border)
- Curator's comments
- The architectural backdrop of 1940,0713,0.28, including the section inlaid with coloured marble, suggests a provenance in the Deccan not far removed from Rajasthan. The same can be applied to the other paintings in this series.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number