Large example of a ferocious Bhuta deity.
Undreds of festivals take place every year in honor of the local deities called Bhuta in Tulunado district in South Karnataka.
The different Bhuta are represented by certain types of masks which are still made by the regional metal casters.
KARNATAKA,INDIA, XVIII-XIX century
H cm. 68
This small panel, probably for worship in a household shrine, depicts an enthroned Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, attended by his consort, Sita,and to her right Rama’s younger brother, Lakshmana, holding a bow. The noble ensemble is being venerated by an assembly of holy men (rishis) and Hanuman’s monkey army, all holding their hands in anjali mudra, a gesture of reverence. Hanuman himself kneels before his Lord and touches his foot, an act of profound respect. The divine setting is evoked by the architecture, typical of a south Indian temple shrine and gateway (gopura), enhanced by celestial musicians and garland bearers (vidyadharas) who resemble European cherubs. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Nayak sculpture, especially miniature works in ivory, came to display an increasing awareness of European imagery.
Photo is believed to be of the Udaipur court photographer, Mohan Lal, circa 1875
Long Exposure: The Camera at Udaipur, 1850 – 1950, is the current exhibition at the City Palace Museum. It is a concise view of how the Maharanas of Mewar patronised the new medium of photography from the reign of Shambu Singh. Images are taken from the huge photo archive currently being cataloged and restored.
Sesh nag is the thousand headed serpent which forms the bed of Vishnu on the ocean of Milk. Generally he also incarnates with Vishnu or separately when the need arises.
He was the laksmana of Ramayana
he was the Balarama elder brother of Krishna and he was also the sage Pathanjali who composed the yoga sutras.