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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Studies of Women and Lokapurusha
Work Type
c. 1850
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
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Physical Descriptions
Gray-black and brown inks and watercolor on beige laid paper; Rajput Style, Kota School
21 x 20 cm (8 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.)
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1983 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
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Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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The page features studies of an angry woman with a furrowed brow and mouth agape. She gestures with her left arm proper. The top right of the page is occupied by a partial sketch of Lokapurusha, or “Cosmic Man”, from his waist to his feet. His stomach features two large elephants and a small depiction of the blue-skinned, Hindu god Vishnu resting on Shesha, a multi-headed cobra that is believed to hold all of the plants of the universe on his hoods. Vishnu is accompanied by his wife, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. His legs are composed of architectural elements. Rajput Style, Kota School.
Publication History

Milo Cleveland Beach, Rajput Painting at Bundi and Kotah, Artibus Asiae Publishers (Ascona, Switzerland, 1974), p. 41; pl. C, fig. 109

Stuart Cary Welch, Indian Drawings and Painted Sketches , exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (Washington, D.C, 1976), Page 102/Figure 54

Stuart Cary Welch, "A Matter of Empathy: Comical Indian Pictures", Asian Art & Culture, ed. Karen Sagstetter, Oxford University Press (UK) (New York, NY, Fall/Winter 1994), vol. 7, no. 1, Page 78/Figure 1

Stuart Cary Welch and Kim Masteller, From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, 2004), pp. 168-169, no. 57

Exhibition History

The Music Room, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/22/1984 - 11/11/1984

From Mind, Heart, and Hand: Persian, Turkish, and Indian Drawings from SCWelch, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/19/2005 - 06/02/2005

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