Gouache painting on paper (watermarked from a set of twelve paintings of deities. The deity Varuna sitting astride a makara (mythical creature) and holding a naga (a snake deity) in one hand and a pasha (a noose) in the other.
Opaque watercolour painting of Varuna, guardian of the west, riding an elegantly caparisoned makara (mythical creature), with detailed scaly skin. The god holds the reins of the makara in his left hand and carries the pasha (noose), in his right hand.
Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, speech and music (Painting)
Trichinopoly, India (probably, made) Date: ca. 1825. Sarasvati (shakti of Brahma), the goddess of learning, speech and music, seated holding a rudra vina and palm-leaf manuscript, from a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India.
Nammalvar has a blue complexion,with his hair gathered in a chayyakkontai on the left side of his head, topped by a coronet with a central aigrette. The alvar’s right hand is in vitarka mudra while the left is in what appears to be mushti mudra. Behind the throne is a tamarind tree, an allusion to the pivotal role played by this tree in Nammalvar’s life. Company School, Trichinopoly Style, c.1830. Painted in: Tiruchirapalli. An album of 70 paintings of Indian gods.