Panel from a temple hanging: front: Noble Devotee; back: Divine sages Narada and Tumburu

Historical period(s)
early 18th century
School
South Indian School
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold, and paper applique on cotton
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 21.8 x 12.3 cm (8 9/16 x 4 13/16 in)
Geography
India, Andhra Pradesh state, Tirupati
Credit Line
Gift of Terence McInerney
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1998.114
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
India, lotus, music, sage, tambura, vina, worship, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Devotional paintings on cloth (see also F1998.13) originally hung within a south Indian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This painting depicts a nobleman with his hands clasped in the worshipful anjali gesture. It is likely that this noble devotee commissioned the paintings to express and proclaim his piety.

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
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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