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Indra

Nepalese
17th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

62 x 46 cm (24 7/16 x 18 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.786

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.

An orange deity, probably Indra, stands atop a caparisoned elephant. He has two arms, which hold lotuses. His crown is either Indian or Southeast Asian in style. He has a third eye which is horizontal and a small red mustache. Above him is an elaborate, multi-colored canopy with pendant scarves and horsehair tassels. He is surrounded by large flowers. The background is a scrolling pattern of red on red. There is a painted border. The reverse is painted with a repeating pattern of red and blue flowers on 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