Sajnu school artist
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Gift of Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt
The eight rectangles of this painting contain a mix of symbols from the Hindu pantheon and the East Asian zodiac. Beginning on the upper left is the half-human/half-eagle god Garuda. Next is a feline figure, probably the tiger of the Asian zodiac, followed by the lion and the dog. In the bottom row are the zodiac symbols of snake, rat, goat, and ram. Some of these symbols are shared between the Hindu and Asian zodiacs—as well as the Western zodiac (Leo the lion, Capricorn the goat, Aries the ram). The combination of representations from two different, albeit related, astrological systems attests to the fluidity of concepts within cultures.