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Vishnu Reclining on the Serpent Shesha
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Vishnu Reclining on the Serpent Shesha

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Description Vishnu reclines on the great serpent Shesha, who floats upon the primordial ocean, between the end of one cosmic era and the beginning of another. As Vishnu awakens from his sleep, the goddess Lakshmi massages his feet. The god Brahma is born from a lotus that grows out of Vishnu’s navel. He will perform the work of creation, making the universe anew in the endless cycle of time.
Date Description Narrative
8/08/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Eternal Presence: Handprints and Footprints in Buddhist Art. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2004-2005.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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opaque watercolor and gold paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 5 x W: 7 5/8 in. (12.7 x 19.4 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
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