19 UMMA Objects
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A group of people in the middle of a forest. There are two wooden barrels on the left, fall colors in the trees. On the right there are people walking up a hill in the distance.
William Payne (British (modern))
1767 – 1799
Gift in honor of Louis C. and Helen Grace Andrews
The four-armed Vishnu is shown lying on the serpent Ananta (“the endless one”), resting on the surface of the cosmic ocean. As his female consort gently strokes his leg, Vishnu awakens from a long sleep. From his navel sprouts a lotus, bearing the four-headed creator god, Brahma, who will begin a new cycle of the universe.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Fragment from Markendeya Purana: Vishnu Reclining on a Serpent
1750 – 1799
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Painting on cloth in an array of colors that depicts a religious scene.  There are assorted animals such as monkeys and cows with red hand prints on them.  <br />There is a river at the fore of the painting with flowers and lily pads in it.  The painting has a colorful floral border.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
1700 – 1850
Gift from the collection of Robert B. Jacobs
A large tree on the left in a wooded scene. There are two women, one carrying an infant with a small child behind her. Two men are seated on a rock behind them. In the distance, on the left, there are three people walking away.
William Payne (British (modern))
Woodland Night
Gift in honor of Louis C. and Helen Grace Andrews
In the upper register of this folio a woman holds a child who is crowned and adorned with jewels. The golden hue of the infant, along with the fan held above their heads signifies the child’s importance. They sit in devotion before a Jina, indicated by his nudity—a trademark of Digambara Jina and a sign of purity.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina and worshipper
18th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
Madonna in red, looking down at a nude baby.
Madonna and Child
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
This leaf is from a manuscript of the epic poem, Shahnama of Firdausi and features columns of Persian-Farsi calligraphy with an illuminated chapter heading at the top of the page.
Iranian (Iranian)
Cover of Ann Arbor Shahnameh (First heading)
1455 – 1465
Museum Purchase
A scene takes place in a red box, lined with black and red diamond and triangle designs for borders. In the center, a woman sites with a child in her lap. She wears a spotted dress, her hair up, and a nose ring and bindi. The child reaches one hand and places it atop her head, and the other down towards her own upward hands. Surrounding them are seven other figures. One kneels before them, offering his hands up, and another fans the woman from behind. The remaining five figures seem to play together in front of the throne on which the woman and child sit.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
The birth of the Kauravas from a Mahabharata series
19th century
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
Three figures, one woman with two children, one is holding a bird.
Artist Unknown
Holy Family
1500 – 1699
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis
Krishna, in blue, and Balarama are portrayed in identical poses and wearing peacock-feather headdresses. The paunchy bearded figure at right is their mentor, Sandipani. Two other, older students appear at left. They are seated, approximately equidistantly spaced, in an architectural structure that organizes the space.
Artist Unknown, India, Uttar Pradesh, Chaurapancasika Style
Bhagavata Purana series: Krishna and Balarama Studying with the Brahman Sandipani
1525 – 1550
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
The artist has captured the story of the deer hunt with the fewest possible elements, in a way that is instantly recognizable and yet takes liberties with the classical tale. The forest is represented by two trees and a few sprays of foliage; the deer is a mundane gray, not magical gold; and Sita waits anxiously in a white marble pavilion, rather than a thatched hut. The vibrantly colored backgrounds divide the composition into zones that create mood and organize the narrative.
Artist Unknown, India, Central India, Malwa School
Râmâyana manuscript page: Rama kills the deer (folio no. 31)
1635 – 1650
Gift of Mr. George P. Bickford for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Three warriors march forward, taking up nearly the entire frame. Blue soldiers carring weapons and shields bring up the front and rear. They appear to move through a stylized tree landscape.
Artist Unknown, India, Maharashtra, Paithan School
Warriors going into battle from a Mahabharata series
1800 – 1866
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.