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Brahma

Nepalese
17th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

128.5 x 47.5 cm (50 9/16 x 18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.785

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, without veil or streamers, painted with floral decoration on reverse.

A yellow, multi-headed, four-armed god (probably Brahma) stands on a goose or peacock. The deity holds a mala (rosary), text, and vase. He wears a kucha-banda (breast band). Each of the three visible heads has a mustache and gautee and tilak marks. Above the god 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. There are painted borders. The reverse is painted with a repeated pattern of red and blue flowers against a trellis of yellow and green foliage.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund