Description Jars like this held water for household religious rites. Depicted is the descent of the Ganges, the sacred river, from the god Shiva's mountain abode. The figures on the 12 panels of the main register include the incarnations of the god Vishnu. The lower register has 11 panels with symbols for the main temples along the banks of the Ganges in Benares (Varanasi). Bathing at these sites is believed to cleanse away one's sins.
Provenance Collection of Lockwood de Forest, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; American Art Association Sale, New York, 1922, lot 339; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922
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