Viṣhṇu as Matsya returning the Vedas to Brahman; single-page painting mounted on an album folio. Central blue figure, wearing a crown, emerges from a large white fish's mouth holding various objects, including a sword, in each of its four hands. Four figures stand in single file on the right, arranged by height, praying to the blue figure; each wears different color sarong. Four-headed, four-armed being sits cross-legged on an open flower in top right corner. A smaller pink figure with tadpole-like lower members holds a sword and shield in either hand. Figure floats, together with his severed, horned head in the water at the lower edge of image. Middle ground features grassy landscape with flowering plants. Blue sky at top. Caption below image. Framed by plain beige border with black outlines; page cut before mounted into album. Album contains 67 Deccani paintings, mostly depictions of named individuals, along with some Hindu gods and goddesses. Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Album bound in blue-green leather and stamped with Sloane's gilded armorial on front and back cover.

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Persian Portraits, Etc.
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paper, ["leather", "album"]
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album, painting
Mughal Style
avatar, hindu deity, hinduism
painted, gilded


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