Narasimha Vanquishing Hiranyakashipu

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Narasimha, a lion avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, is shown emerging from a split stone pillar, holding his devotee Prahlada while vanquishing the demon Hiranyakashipu underfoot. He is watched by the gods Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu at left and probably by Prahlada's mother and sister at right.

Wellcome Collection

London

Title

Narasimha Vanquishing Hiranyakashipu

Date

1800s

Medium

gouache on paper

Measurements

H 25 x W 20.5 cm

Accession number

582990i

Acquisition method

presumed to be part of the collection formed by Henry S. Wellcome

Work type

Watercolour

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