Object Place: Nepal
128.5 x 47.5 cm (50 9/16 x 18 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper on cotton, mounted with cotton mounts and thin wood dowels in Nepalese style
Not On View
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.
1920, gift of the Otis Norcross Fund to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 3, 1920)
Otis Norcross Fund