Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1765-1770
  • Geography

    Basohli, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 25.1 × 17.5 cm (9 7/8 × 6 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Composition attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1710-1778)
    Painting attributed to Manju (active late 18th century)
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: In devanagari gold letters on blue paper, the Sanskrit text is from the Narayana Upanishad of Atharveda. Inscribed in black ink in a different hand: “Majnu te nainsukh ki banai hoi”- (the painting) is (the joint) work of Majnu and Nainsukh/or- Painted by Majnu and Nainsukh/or Done by Majnu and Nainsukh.
  • Provenance

    Kapoor Galleries, Inc., New York, New York [1]
    To 2002
    Gloria Katz and Willard M. Huyck Jr., Los Angeles, California [2]
    Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, March 22, 2002, lot 49: “Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu” [3]
    From 2002 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, “Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection,” Sotheby’s, New York, March 22, 2002, lot 49: “Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu” [4]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [5]
    [1] See Provenance Remark dated July 20, 2018 in object record.
    [2] See Sotheby’s auction catalogue of the New York sale, “Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection” from March 22, 2002.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] See note 2.
    [5] See Acquisition Justification Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Vishnu: Hindu's Blue-skinned Saviour (February to October, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kapoor Galleries, Inc. (established 1975)
    Willard M. Huyck Jr. (born 1945)
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Basohli, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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