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The Real Thing

Below are details taken from some of the paintings on view in this exhibition. Each detail is matched with a photograph of a living animal, which is identified by its common name and Latin name. Please note, however, that the identifications of the animals in the paintings are only speculative. Artists did not usually provide the names of the animals they included in their works, and they often rendered them in abstract or fanciful ways.

Fish and Reptiles

The Goddess Ganga


Gharial
Latin: Gavialis gangeticus
Photograph courtesy of Will Parson

The Goddess Ganga


Indian Carp
Latin: Labeo rohita
Photograph courtesy of Jean-Francois Helias
Birds

Shiva and Parvati at Night

Indian ring-necked parrot
Latin: Psittacula krameri borealis
Photograph courtesy of David Behrens

Radha and Krishna beside
a Lake at Sunset

Indian cormorant
Latin: Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Photograph courtesy of David Behrens

Radha and Krishna beside
a Lake at Sunset

Sarus crane
Latin: Grus antigone
Photograph courtesy of David Behrens

Radha and Krishna beside
a Lake at Sunset

White-breasted kingfisher
Latin: Halcyon smyrnensis
Photograph courtesy of David Behrens
Mammals

Krishna Holds Aloft Mount Govardhana

Zebu (Brahman) bull
Latin: Bos taurus or Bos indicus

The Great Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon

Asian water buffalo
Latin: Bubalus bubalis
Photograph courtesy of Todd Whaley

The Monkeys and Bears Build a Bridge to Lanka

Hanuman langur
Latin: Semnopithecus entellus
Photograph courtesy of Mikhail Esteves

Hanuman Finds Sita

Rhesus macaque
Latin: Macaca mulatta

The Monkeys and Bears Build a Bridge to Lanka

Sloth bear
Latin: Melursus ursinus
Photograph courtesy of Jim Kochis

A Prince Restrains a
Rampaging Elephant

Indian elephant
Latin: Elephas maximus indicus
Photograph courtesy of Andy Whiting

A Lonely Woman
among Deer

Black buck antelope
Latin: Antelope cervacapra
Photograph courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo

Aspects of Violence

Indian hare
Latin: Lepus nigricollis
Photograph courtesy of David Behrens

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