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Image of the white horse of Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu, with a seated figure of the ascetic Kapila beside it. 24 January 1790

Image of the white horse of Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu, with a seated figure of the ascetic Kapila beside it. 24 January 1790

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: WD1760

Item number: 1760

Length: 213

Width: 208

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and wash drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of an image of the white horse of Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu, with a seated figure of the ascetic Kapila beside it, dated 24 January 1790. Inscribed on front in pencil: 'Kullunkee (Kollkee) outar. Kappilmuni faquire. Babua' and in Devanagari 'Kaila muni'.

Kalkin, considered the 10th avatara of Vishnu, is the future world saviour who will return at the end of the kaliyuga in the shape of a white horse, or riding astride a horse, to punish the evil and reward the good. The kaliyuga, often called the dark age, is the present age following the Puranic world history, which is said to last 432,000 years. Its final stages will witness the total loss of spiritual and moral values which only the new divine incarnation, Kalkin, will be able to remedy.

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