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The ten incarnations of the Hindu deity Vishnu
Place of Origin: India, Bihar state, Mithila region
Date: 1975-1982
Materials: Ink and colors on paper
Style or Ware: Mithila or Madhubani
Dimensions: H. 20 in x W. 59 3/4 in, H. 50.8 cm x W. 151.8 cm
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1999.39.45
On Display: No

Description

Label: The incarnations shown are, from left to right, Krishna, Rama, Kalki, the boar Varaha, the man-lion Narasimha, Parashurama, the dwarf Vamana, the turtle Kurma, the Buddha, and the fish Matsya.

More Information

Exhibition History: "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior", Frist Center for Cultural Arts, February 20, 2011 -May 29, 2011, Brooklyn Museum, June 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011

"The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Additional Label:

The god Vishnu maintains order in the cosmos and descends from the celestial realm when chaos and injustice have disrupted life on earth. According to most Hindu traditions, Vishnu has ten avataras (Sanskrit, “descent”), and he assumes a different human or part-animal form in each. Rama—the epitome of the perfect son, brother, husband, and king—is one of the avataras. He is recognized as a deity in his own right as is Krishna, another of the avataras.

The ten avataras of Vishnu often appear together in religious imagery. Here Rama is the second figure from the left.

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)


Label: The incarnations shown are, from left to right, Krishna, Rama, Kalki, the boar Varaha, the man-lion Narasimha, Parashurama, the dwarf Vamana, the turtle Kurma, the Buddha, and the fish Matsya.
Exhibition History: "Vishnu: India's Blue-Skinned Savior", Frist Center for Cultural Arts, February 20, 2011 -May 29, 2011, Brooklyn Museum, June 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011

"The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe," Asian Art Museum, October 21, 2015–January 15, 2017
Expanded Label:

The god Vishnu maintains order in the cosmos and descends from the celestial realm when chaos and injustice have disrupted life on earth. According to most Hindu traditions, Vishnu has ten avataras (Sanskrit, “descent”), and he assumes a different human or part-animal form in each. Rama—the epitome of the perfect son, brother, husband, and king—is one of the avataras. He is recognized as a deity in his own right as is Krishna, another of the avataras.

The ten avataras of Vishnu often appear together in religious imagery. Here Rama is the second figure from the left.

(Exhibition Label from The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe)