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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1974,0617,0.14.5

  • Description

    Gouache painting with gold paint on paper from a set of eight paintings of deities and processional scenes. A chariot procession with a metal image of Rama at its centre.In this temple procession an elephant adorned with colourful textiles leads the crowd. A man seated on the elephant carries a banner of the monkey deity Hanuman, a hero of divine epic. The lively foreground scene shows the temple chariot, pulled by devotees as an act of worship.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 18thC(late)-19thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 20.5 centimetres
    • Width: 29.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        pasted to the mount
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Ranga-Natha - Radha Vahanah. The Procession of the Chariot at Srirangam.
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1974,0617,0.14.4 (Blurton, R.).

    Dallapiccola 2010:
    The layout of the paintings resemble the large so-called 'Thanjavur' paintings which hang in private puja rooms and in the meeting halls of religious institutions.

    When this collection was originally acquired, eight paintings in a distinctly Tanjore style (1974,0617,0.14.1-8) were bound together with a collection of thirty paintings (1974,0617,0.14.9-38) that appear to be of a style associated with Maharashtra. The paintings have since all been removed from this binding.

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  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1992 cat. 1.5 bibliographic details
    • Dallapiccola 2010 p.31 bibliographic details
    • Dallapiccola 2007 pp. 88-9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007 9 Aug-11 Nov, London, BM, Faith, Narrative and Desire: Masterpieces of Indian Painting in the British Museum.

    1993-1994, London, BM, Deities and Devotion: the arts of Hinduism

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1974

  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books (OMPB).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1974,0617,0.14.5

  • Additional IDs

    • 26549
Album leaf. Devotion. The procession of Vishnu in a ratha at the Srirangam temple, Tanjore. Painted on paper. According to register, folio 6.

Album leaf. Devotion. The procession of Vishnu in a ratha at the Srirangam temple, Tanjore. Painted on paper. According to register, folio 6.

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