Collection online


  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • 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.


  • School/style

  • Date

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

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

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

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        pasted to the mount
      • Inscription Language

      • 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.


  • 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


    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


  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department


  • Registration number


  • 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.

Image description



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: RFI2093

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help