Vishnu on Garuda
The Hindu god Vishnu is celebrated for saving the world from terrible dangers. He is always shown with blue skin and holding a discus, a conch shell, a mace, and a lotus flower. He swoops down from heaven on an eagle named Garuda, who has four arms in this image, two of which hold vessels that probably contain the nectar of immortality. In one story, Garuda gains the respect of the gods when he delivers the nectar without actually tasting it himself.
- Culture: Indian
- Medium: Opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
- Dates: ca. 1725 or earlier
- Dimensions: sheet: 8 11/16 x 5 3/4 in. (22.1 x 14.6 cm) image: 7 5/16 x 4 7/8 in. (18.6 x 12.4 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 86.227.140
- Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Indian. Vishnu on Garuda, ca. 1725 or earlier. Opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper, sheet: 8 11/16 x 5 3/4 in. (22.1 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.140
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)