Panel from a temple hanging: front: Noble Devotee; back: Divine sages Narada and Tumburu

Historical period(s)
early 18th century
South Indian School
Opaque watercolor, gold, and paper applique on cotton
H x W (overall): 21.8 x 12.3 cm (8 9/16 x 4 13/16 in)
India, Andhra Pradesh state, Tirupati
Credit Line
Gift of Terence McInerney
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, lotus, music, sage, tambura, vina, worship
Provenance research underway.

Devotional paintings on cloth (see also F1998.13) originally hung within a south Indian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This painting depicts a nobleman with his hands clasped in the worshipful anjali gesture. It is likely that this noble devotee commissioned the paintings to express and proclaim his piety.

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 196-197.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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