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Vishnu reclining on Sesha, c. 1775, Kangra, (The Archer Collection)

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Title: Vishnu reclining on Sesha, c. 1775, Kangra, (The Archer Collection)
Author(s): Archer, William George
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Pahari Miniature Painting, Kangra: Tira-Sujanpur, Nurpur, Mandi etc.;paintings;miniatures;photograph
Description: Lakshmi is tenderly massaging his feet. Like Rama and Krishna, Vishnu is shown with a blue or dark mauve skin. He also wears the peacock-feathered crown associated with Krishna (though not with Rama). Vishnu's special connection with Vishnu is thus implied. Although the extreme elongation of Vishnu's form might at first sight suggest a Guler provenance, the decorated spandrels in the four corners are wholly typical of Kangra painting. The brightness of colouring, seen in the figures of Vishnu and Lakshmi, is also a Kangra characteristic easily recognizable. -- 11 x 8 inches.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3382


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