An official of the British East India Company riding on an elephant with an escort of foot soldiers
An official of the British East India Company riding on an elephant with an escort of foot soldiers and mounted Indian retainers. Country of Origin: India. Culture: Indian. Date/Period: End of 18th century. Material Size: Painting on paper. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Location: 14.
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The Prince of Wales with the Maharajah of Gwalior during his Indian tour, 1921. Artist: Unknown
The Prince of Wales with the Maharajah of Gwalior during his Indian tour, 1921. The future King Edward VIII and his host ride in the howdah of a decorated elephant. Illustration from George V and Edward VIII, A Royal Souvenir, by FGH Salusbury, a souvenir book published as Edward VIII was crowned following the death of his father, George V, (Daily Express Publication, London, 1936).
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The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. Creator: Unknown
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk, ca. 1780-90. At the time of the great deluge aeons ago, many treasures— including amrita, the nectar of immortality—were lost beneath the primordial ocean. Gods and demons still jockeying for power decided to raise these powerful objects from the watery depths. They harnessed the serpent Vasuki as a rope to turn Mount Mandara and Vishnu assumed his tortoise avatar to support the giant pivot. The demons, tricked into pulling the head of the snake, were weakened by its poisonous breath. Here, many of the treasures have already been raised and are visible in the sky, while Vishnu is seen twice, below and atop the peak.
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