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Bima Swarga

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Painting on cloth depicting an episode from the story of Bima's journey through hell, Bima Swarga, in which he seeks to save the souls of his father Pandu and his mother Madri. Bima appears on the left of the picture above a cauldron in which demons are boiling a victim, probably one of his parents. Above them another demon stokes a second fire. Further to the right, from left to right along the lower portion of the painting a woman is being suckled by two enormous larvae; another woman is raped by a boar; two women are forced to pull a plough on all fours; and a woman is fed into a huge demon's gaping mouth.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill

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  • Medium

    pigment on textile

  • Measurements

    147.5 x 288.8 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1988


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