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Mahadeva

Nepalese
17th century


Object Place: Nepal

Dimensions

63.5 x 45 cm (25 x 17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.784

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 white god (possibly Mahadeva) dances atop an angry orange bull. The deity has four arms, holding a mala (rosary), trident, and vase. He wears elaborate ornaments including a crown and flowing scarves. He has a third eye, a mustache, and a goatee. He wears a decorated kucha banda (breast band). 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 blue on blue. 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