Vishnu as The Universal Form, watercolour on paper, early 19th century, Jaipur.
This striking painting shows the blue-skinned Hindu god Vishnu in his form as the Universal Form or Vishvarupa, which means 'all forms'. The small figures painted on his body refer to his role as encompassing all of creation. He has four arms, each holding one of Vishnu's attributes; a conch shell, a lotus flower, a mace and his circular weapon - Sudarshana chakra.
The painting was probably done in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in about 1800-1805.
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