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Page from an Indian zodiac manuscript: Elephant-Headed Figure on a White Bird

Accession Number
1985/2.138

Title
Page from an Indian zodiac manuscript: Elephant-Headed Figure on a White Bird

Artist(s)
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School

Object Creation Date
circa 1840

Medium & Support
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions
8 3/8 in x 8 in (21.2 cm x 20.3 cm);19 7/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49.37 cm x 36.51 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Anonymous
Page from an Indian zodiac manuscript:
Elephant-Headed Figure on a White Bird
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur school
ca. 1840
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 1985/2.138

Subject matter
This is a part of a series on Hindu deities and objects and animals associated with them.

Physical Description
The Hindu God Ganesha sits atop a large white bird (a stork?). He holds the following objects in three of his four hands: a sword, lotus flower, and prayer beads. The stork also has a string of beads hanging from its beak. The landscape is plain and green, and a stream of water flows below.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Birds
elephants
field
trees

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