A Vision of Vishnu (Vaikuntha Darshana)
We know from court records that a ruler of the northwestern kingdom of Bikaner had a vivid dream in which he saw Vishnu and Lakshmi enthroned in a garden pavilion. Interpreting the vision as a good omen or blessing, the king ordered a painter to make an illustration based on his description. The subject remained a favorite for local artists and patrons for several generations. Like most versions, this painting presents Lakshmi as much smaller than Vishnu, and even smaller than their female servants.
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper
sheet: 7 11/16 x 5 3/8 in. (19.5 x 13.7 cm)
image: 7 7/16 x 5 5/16 in. (18.9 x 13.5 cm) (show scale)
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Murad and Lupha (active late 17th-early 18th century). A Vision of Vishnu (Vaikuntha Darshana), c 1710-15. Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper, sheet: 7 11/16 x 5 3/8 in. (19.5 x 13.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 1990.134 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.134_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
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