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: Giant Demon Attacks a Ship

Giant Demon Attacks a Ship

Type
Panel painting
Historical period(s)
ca. 1775
School
Jain School
Medium
Opaque watercolor on plain-woven fabric support attached to a fabric covered panel.
Dimension(s)
129.2 x 123.3 cm
Geography
India, Gujarat
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1999.22
Label
Popular tales and lively images played a role in transmitting beliefs and values to the Jain community. The Shripalarasa is a narrative that recounts the wondrous adventures of the Jain Prince Shripala, who travels to distant lands in search of trade and wealth. In this unusually large and vivacious painting, the artist represents the Prince's ship as a British vessel. The inscriptions scattered across the painting, which repetively identify parts of the ship, indicate a fascination with seafaring. The depiction of the Union Jack lends immediacy to a story that took place long before the British came to India.

Private collector [1]

To 1999
Spink & Son Ltd., London, to 1999

From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Spink & Son Ltd. in 1999

Notes:

[1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Keyword(s)
boat, demon, fish, India
Collection(s) Area
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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