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Vishnu as a beautiful woman. “The Mohgancy Avatharum or the enchanting femal form which Vishnou assumed to corrupt the chastity of the Reechees”.

Vishnu as a beautiful woman. “The Mohgancy Avatharum or the enchanting femal form which Vishnou assumed to corrupt the chastity of the Reechees”.

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1801

Shelfmark: WD1063

Item number: f.36

Length: 37.1

Width: 24.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen-and-ink drawing of Mohini, Vishnu's female form, from an 'Album of 51 drawings (57 folios) of buildings, sculpture and paintings in the temple and choultry of Tirumala Nayyak at Madura. c.1801-05', by an anonymous artist working in the South India/Madurai style, c. 1801-1805. Each picture is inscribed with a title and a number in ink.

This drawing is of a carving that can be found in the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple of Madurai, the sacred complex built under the patronage of the Nayaka ruler Tirumala in the 17th century. Within the large enclosure are two temples dedicated to Shiva as Sundareshvara with his consort Minakshi, and several mandapas (halls) with elaborately sculpted columns of the gods from the Hindu pantheon. Vishnu assumed the shape of a beautiful woman, Mohini, to seduce Shiva when he was engaged in asceticism.

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