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Brahma, Creator of the Universe

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  • Description

    In this devotional image the creator god Brahma holds in his upper hands the Vedas (the earliest Hindu scriptures) and sacred kusa grass, used in ritual. In his lower hands he holds prayer beads and a water vessel, representing the earth. He rides astride his vahana or personal vehicle, the auspicious hamsa or goose.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaJammu and Kashmir Mankot (place of creation)
    c. 1720
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 25.4 x 21.4 cm (height x width)
    painting 17 x 13 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 52 on p. 128, p. 18, illus. p. 129

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