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From a series of Vishnu Avataras: Rishabha. Jaipur, circa 1860. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 25.7 x 20.6cm
Rishabha is the 8th avatara of Vishnu in the Bhagavata Purana. In Jainism he is the 1st Jina. Elsewhere in Hinduism the 8th avatara is Buddha.
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Above:gilt detail reflecting light
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