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Krishna Reclining on Anata

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India Anonymous,
Krishna Reclining on Anata, mid 19th c.
Paint and gold on paper
13 3/4 x 17 1/2 in. (34.93 x 44.45 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 2013.2.1


Commentary
From the Victoria and Albert Museum:

The Hindu deity Lord Vishnu is often depicted laying on the many-headed serpent Ananta floating on the ocean, while he dreams the universe into existence. Ananta, meaning 'Endless', represents the eternal and the cycle of cosmic birth and death repeated forever. The serpent is also called Shesha, meaning 'Remainder', representing that which 'remains' when the universe ends, and which fuels the start of the next cosmic cycle.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/users/node/5727

The blue bodied Krishna, a manifestion of Vishnu, reclines on the cosmic serpent Ananta Shesha floating in the primordial seas. When Vishnu rests between times of creation, Ananta's infinite powers support the deity, and his multiple heads form a protective canopy. Other deities and devotees surround the main image.The blue bodied Krishna, a manifestion of Vishnu, reclines on the cosmic serpent Ananta Shesha floating in the primordial seas. When Vishnu rests between times of creation, Ananta's infinite powers support the deity, and his multiple heads form a protective canopy. Other deities and devotees surround the main image.
- Dr. Bruce A. Coats, 2022

Medium
gold and paint on paper.

Object Description
Vishnu, possibly as the avatar Lord Krishna, reclines on his servant, the great serpent, Lord Seshanaga.

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