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Folio from a Bhagavata Purana manuscript: the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Maharashtra , circa 1800. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. Folio 35.4 x 20.4cm; image 10.8 x 17.4cm
Marathi text written in Devanagari script.
Sometimes known as the Churning of the Cosmic Ocean, this Hindu mythical episode features in Bhagavata Purana, the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana.
Published: Dieux,Tigres et Amours: Miniatures Indiennes du XVe au XXe siecle: collection d'Oscar Leneman. Patrick Carré, Seuil, Paris,1993, pp.84-85
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