Vishnu on Garuda
The Hindu god Vishnu resides in a heavenly realm, but when humankind requires his help, he descends to earth to save the day, riding on the back of a part-man, part-eagle creature named Garuda. Although Vishnu’s blue color is not explained in Hindu scriptures, several Hindu pundits have suggested that his color reflects his home above the clouds. Vishnu is also closely associated with the primordial ocean that existed before the gods created land and living creatures.
Opaque watercolor, silver, and gold on paper
ca. 1725 or earlier
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)
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Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.227.140_IMLS_PS4.jpg)
overall, 86.227.140_IMLS_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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