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Vishnu-Garud Wahan
  • Ravi Varma Press
  • Vishnu-Garud Wahan, circa 1920
  • Where object was made: Pune, Maharashtra, India OR Karla-Longavla?
  • color lithograph, varnish
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 708 x 508 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27 7/8 x 20 in
    Mat Dimensions: 36 x 30 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0349

A figure depicted with blue colored skin is Vishnu, one of the three supreme beings of Hinduism. Vishnu holds his four attributes, a disk in the upper left hand, the conch in the upper right hand, the mace in the lower left hand, and the lotus flower in the lower right hand. Flanked by dual images of Lakshmi goddess, a consort of Vishnu, he rides a mythical Garuda bird. Here, Garuda is identified with an eagle grabbing a snake in its talons.