Lord Shiva slays Andhakasur

Date
ca. 1590 (painted)

Medium
opaque watercolour and gold on paper

Dimensions
Height: 31.2 cm, Width: 18.5 cm

Current location
[show]Victoria and Albert Museum
Accession number
IS.7-1970

Object history
Originally an illustration to the Harivamsa, the Persian translation of the Sanskrit text of the life of Krishna, and annexed to the Razmnama (“Book of War”), the Persian translation of the Mahabharata. Probably made by order of the Mughal emperor Akbar.

Credit line
Bequeathed by the Hon. Dame Ada Mcnaghten

Notes
The borders are later additions, probably done in Lucknow in the 18th century

References
Robert Skelton, “Mughal Paintings fromHarivamsa Manuscript”, V&A Yearbook, no. 2, 1970

Source/Photographer
Harivamsa illustration,
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O434102/painting-shiva-kills-the-demon-andhaka/

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