- Museum number
Gouache painting with gold paint on paper from a set of eight paintings of deities and processional scenes. A chariot procession with a metal image of Rama at its centre.In this temple procession an elephant adorned with colourful textiles leads the crowd. A man seated on the elephant carries a banner of the monkey deity Hanuman, a hero of divine epic. The lively foreground scene shows the temple chariot, pulled by devotees as an act of worship.
- Production date
Height: 20.50 centimetres
Width: 29.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See also 1974,0617,0.14.4 (Blurton, R.).
The layout of the paintings resemble the large so-called 'Thanjavur' paintings which hang in private puja rooms and in the meeting halls of religious institutions.
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
2007 9 Aug-11 Nov, London, BM, Faith, Narrative and Desire: Masterpieces of Indian Painting in the British Museum.
1993-1994, London, BM, Deities and Devotion: the arts of Hinduism
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 26549