Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu

Artist: Composition attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1710-1778) Painting attributed to Manju (active late 18th century)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1765-1770
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 25.1 × 17.5 cm (9 7/8 × 6 7/8 in) H x W (overall): 27.3 × 18.7 cm (10 3/4 × 7 3/8 in)
India, Jammu and Kashmir, Basohli
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


India, Lakshmi, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, Vishnu

Kapoor Galleries, Inc., New York, New York [1]

To 2002
Gloria Katz and Willard M. Huyck Jr., Los Angeles, California [2]

Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, March 22, 2002, lot 49: “Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu” [3]

From 2002 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, “Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection,” Sotheby’s, New York, March 22, 2002, lot 49: “Lakshmi massaging the foot of Vishnu” [4]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [5]


[1] See Provenance Remark dated July 20, 2018 in object record.

[2] See Sotheby’s auction catalogue of the New York sale, “Important Indian Paintings from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection” from March 22, 2002.

[3] See note 2.

[4] See note 2.

[5] See Acquisition Justification Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Willard M. Huyck Jr. born 1945
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Kapoor Galleries, Inc. established 1975


Verso: In devanagari gold letters on blue paper, the Sanskrit text is from the Narayana Upanishad of Atharveda. Inscribed in black ink in a different hand: “Majnu te nainsukh ki banai hoi”- (the painting) is (the joint) work of Majnu and Nainsukh/or- Painted by Majnu and Nainsukh/or Done by Majnu and Nainsukh.

Published References
  • Joan Cummins. Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior. Exh. cat. 134, 222.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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