- Museum number
- Object: the Churning of the Ocean of Milk.
Album leaf painting of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Vishnu appears here at the base of the cosmic churning pole as the turtle Kūrma and also seated on top of Mount Mandara. The gods (to left) pull on the rope made of the serpent Vasuki, while demons pull on the right side. Several gifts can be seen in the upper part of the painting. Painted on paper. According to register, folio 14.
- Production date
- 1800 (circa)
- Curator's comments
- Blurton 1992:
Some versions of this story refer to a poison thrown up by the churning, along with the gifts seen in the upper part of the painting. In order to prevent the poison causing universal destruction, Vishnu quickly swallowed it, thus saving mankind, but so burning his throat that it was permanently discoloured. This event is remembered in his epithet, 'nilakantheshvara', the Lord with the Blue Throat.
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.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
Previously displayed in Hotung gallery (33).
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 26549