Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda

Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda

Item Code: DE73
Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper treated with Cow Dung
Artist Dhirendra Jha
2.4 ft x 1.7 ft
The Harivamsa Purana describes images of Vishnu seated on his mount Garuda, whose feathers are spread out to support Vishnu and his consort. The four armed Vishnu holds his usual emblems; the conchshell which is precious, considered to be nidhi (treasure) signifying prosperity. The disc, a symbol of universality and power; the mace signifying strength and lotus a mark of divine purity. Taking liberties with colour, the folk artist paints Vishnu's torso blue in colour, the hands and feet red and the face white. It is thus evident that colour is secondary here. Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort, is painted in royal ornaments. She holds lotus flowers in her hands, and again, the artist uses different colours for different parts of the body.

The entire pictorial ground is occupied by Garuda, Vishnu's Vahana, diagonally. The spread wings in the middle is where the divine couple is seated. Having used bright colours for them, the artist paints the bird and the background in relatively dull and sober colours

This description by Kiranjyot.

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