May 25, 2016

Vishnu on Ananta, the Endless Serpent

Vishnu on Ananta, the Endless Serpent

c. 1700

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 17.8 x 17.6 cm (7 x 6 15/16 in.); Image: 17.1 x 16.7 cm (6 3/4 x 6 9/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.155


Did you know?

The artist has depicted Vishnu’s oceanic abode as a lotus pond.


The background is mauve brown with a water design in basket weave pattern outlined in black. Alternating lotus leaves and flowers fill the water area. Brahma emerges from Vishnu’s navel while Lakshmi caresses his feet.

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