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Vishnu accompanied by his wives riding on Garuda who carries a cobra. Chromolithograph by R. Varma.

Ravi Varma, 1848-1906.
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Vishnu is seen as a god of preservation and restoration powers in the forms of his incarnations. According to the Brāhmanas in the Mahābhārata and Purānas he is the second member of the Hindu triad, the embodiment of the Satawaguna, the quality of goodness and mercy. This print is notable for Ravi Varma's majestic portrayal of Vishnu's bird-transport Garuda, who is shown in traditional pictures as an ungainly creature with human legs

Publication/Creation

Bombay : Anant Shivaji Desai Motibazar (Karla Lonavla : Ravi Varma Press)

Physical description

1 print : oleograph

Lettering

Vishnu-Garud Wahan. Registered no. 40. Ravi Varma.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 26668i

Lettering note

Lettering also in Devanagari script

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Languages

  • English
  • Hindi



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