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Shakra Enthroned, with a Deva and Generals: Folio from a Kalpasutra Manuscript

Date:
15th century
Culture:
India (Gujarat)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (10.8 x 26.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
55.121.38.2
  • Description

    This supreme deity, four-armed and holding his identifying attributes—an elephant goad and a double-ended thunderbolt (vajra)—is named in the Kalpasutra as Shakra and is said to reside in the most elevated heaven. Here, he is seen in his council chamber engaged with a lesser divinity (a crowned deva) and two generals of his court.

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