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The Elephant King Attacked by a Crocodile
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The Elephant King Attacked by a Crocodile

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Description A herd of elephants is playing in a river when their leader is attacked by a crocodile. As this transpires, the elephant calls for the god Vishnu to save him. Because the elephant’s faith in Vishnu is sincere, the deity comes to his rescue. The story demonstrates the strength of genuine faith and Vishnu’s willingness to help the faithful. The image of the sun being pulled by a horse-drawn chariot at the top of the painting is one convention for depicting Surya, the solar deity in Hinduism.
Date Description Narrative
3/27/2018Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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ca. 1650
opaque watercolor and gold on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 11 7/8 x W: 8 5/16 in. (30.2 x 21.1 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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Not On View

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