Astrological Sign of Capricorn

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia

c. 1810-1820

Opaque watercolor on paper

7 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches (19.1 x 13.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy and Wayne Hunnicutt, 2010

Social Tags [?]

There are currently no user tags associated with this object.

[Add Your Own Tags]

Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac corresponding to December–January, is most often represented as a hybrid animal mingling the form of a goat with the hind quarters of a dragon. Here, instead, is the Indian black buck with a long, crocodile-like trunk that ends in a fish tail, the iconography of which derives from sixteenth-century Islamic Mughal Empire coins and paintings. The composite creature stands on the banks of a river in a highly detailed landscape setting, straddling the threshold between water and earth.