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Agni

Nepalese
17th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

129.5 x 47.5 cm (51 x 18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.782

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton, mounted with cotton mounts and thin wood dowels in Nepalese style

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with triangular banners on the bottom, no veil or streamers, painted with floral decoration on reverse.

A green god (possibly Agni) dances atop a goat (?). The deity has two arms, holding a jewel-topped staff and a lotus. He wears elaborate ornaments including a crown and flowing scarves. Above him is an elaborate, multi-colored canopy with pendant scarves and horse hair tassels. He is surrounded by large flowers. The background is a scrolling pattern of red on red. The reverse is painted with a repeated pattern of red and blue flowers against a trellis of yellow and green foliage. Three large splotches of yellow (unidentified) dot the reverse.

Provenance

1920, gift of the Otis Norcross Fund to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1920)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund