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Patachitra Painting: Vishnu Avatars

Artist Unknown
GVSU Collection
Giclée (Original is in the GVSU Permanent Collection)
Artworks - Height: 7.75 in Width: 12 in
Large square image in the middle of a blue man on another man's shoulders. Two smaller squares on either side. The central image is framed in eighteen smaller images. Gold and floral blue border with a red outermost border. Original 2008.016.1.
Historical Context:
Vishnu Avatars Whenever the world becomes infused with evil or needs help in its evolution, Vishnu appears on the earth to correct the wrongs and to restore the balance and harmony. Of the ten Vishnu avatars, nine have already manifested whereas the tenth is yet to appear. Vishnu has incarnated as a fish (Matsya), tortoise (Kurma), boar (Varaha), lion-man (Narsimha), priestly dwarf (Vamana), man of power (Parshurama), divine warrior king (Rama), divine lover (Krishna), and divine sage (Budhha). At the end of the present age (the Kali Yug), Vishnu will incarnate as Kalki, a man riding a white horse and holding a sword. Folk Art: Patachitra Paintings Patachitra belong to the tradition of temple paintings, originally created in the temple town of Puri, Orissa and used as colorful backdrops on the seats of deities or over curtains and pillars. The original painting is in the GVSU Permanent Collection and is a Gift of the Incredible India Tour Participants, 2008.

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