An illustration from an avatar series:
Narasimha disembowls Hiranyakashipu
Hyderabad, circa 1800
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper.
The split silver pillar disrupts an otherwise perfect symmetry, adding a sense of movement behind the brilliant gold avatar. His delightful grin betrays the inherent violence of the scene, and creates a depiction easy to adore.
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