painting

painting

c. 1800
Locale
Mandi
Country
India
painting
watercolor and gold on paper
Gift of Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt
2005.132
. painting. c. 1800. watercolor and gold on paper. Gift of Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt. 2005.132.
Dimensions
mat height: 16 in, 40.64 cm; mat width: 20 in, 50.8 cm; height: 8 3/4 in, 22.225 cm; width: 10 1/2 in, 26.67 cm; window height: 9 1/4 in, 23.495 cm; window width: 11 3/8 in, 28.8925 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Sajnu school artist
Astrological Images
About 1810
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Gift of Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt
2005.132

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.

Known Provenance
n.d.-2005, Mr. Wayne Hunnicutt, Sebastopol CA; 2005, DAM collection, gift of Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt.