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- Previous Owner(s)
C. L. Nowlakha
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd. 1842-mid 1970s
The recto features the crowned figure of Balarama, half brother of god Krishna, who frequently features in south India as one of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Holding his identifying attribute, the hala or ploughshare, Balarama directly faces the viewer, standing erect on a pedestal beneath a canopy of flower garlands and individual pendant flowers including full lotus buds. On the reverse is the standing form of the deep blue god Vishnu, in the form in which he is enshrined in the famous temple at Tirupati. Framed by a tiruvatchi or aureole crowned by a lion-head, he holds discus and conch shell in his two rear hands, while one front hand is in the varada gesture of wish-granting and the other rests lightly on his thigh.
Devotional painting on cloth originally hung within a south Indian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This painting (see also S1998.114) features Balarama, half-brother of the god Krishna, who frequently features in south Indian painting as one of Vishnu's ten incarnations. Holding his identifying attribute, the hala or ploughshare, Balarama stands beneath a canopy of flower garlands and hanging lotus buds. The figure's boldly conceived limbs, magnetic gaze, and gold ornaments endow the diminutive image with impressive power. In order to retain the brilliance of gold, the artist painted the deity's crown and jewels onto thin paper applied to the rougher cotton surface.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 196-197.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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- Rights Statement
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