Luxury Design, Past & Present
Vishnu on Lotus
Vishnu is the main Hindu god, revered as the savior of the universe. Often shown as one of his 10 avatars, or forms he assumes to rescue humanity, the most popular being Varaha (boar), Narasimha (Half-Lion) and Krishna, the cowherd.
A powerful image of Vishnu seated on a blooming lotus that emerges from a small pond at bottom. Shown seated cross legged he bears his attributes: mace, solar disc, conch and a lotus stalk. An example of early Pahari painting, this work has beetle wing cases affixed to various areas of the composition.
Gouache and gold on paper
6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (16.5 x 12.1 cm)
Provenance: Ex Doris Wiener Gallery collection