Apparition of a Tree Spirit during Worship

Artist/maker unknown, India

Made in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia

c. 1725

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

10 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches (26.7 x 21.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Indian and Himalayan Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Two women perform puja, the act of ritual worship, to the god Shiva in his nonhuman form as a linga. They pour water, offer garlands, and touch the sacred stone. Monkeys participate by bending flowers toward the holy form, while a wish-granting spirit in the guise of a beautiful woman emerges from the branches of a tree. This painting opens a window into the world of popular faith and traditional beliefs, where nature and its vital energy play a central role.