May 24, 2016

Descent of the Ganges

Descent of the Ganges

c. 1700–1710

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 20.8 x 29.8 cm (8 3/16 x 11 3/4 in.); Image: 17.6 x 26.9 cm (6 15/16 x 10 9/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.111


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Shiva and the other sages rest on tiger hides.


Shiva and Parvati sit atop a three-tiered mountain while below, Bhagiratha receives the Ganges issuing from Shiva’s jata. Before Shiva, against a yellow background and seated at the edge of a pool, are three ascetics. One is frozen with his hand up after meditating for so long in that position.

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