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Untitled (Sarpa Satra or Snake Sacrifice) and more art by anonymous

Untitled (Sarpa Satra or Snake Sacrifice)
28 x 38 inch (h x w)
Oil and alloyed tin on canvas

The painting portrays the legend of the Sarpa Satra or ‘snake sacrifice’, undertaken by Emperor Janamejaya (seen in yellow robe) to slaughter all the snakes after a snakebite killed his grandfather Arjuna. The sacrifice was stopped by the young sage Astika, son of goddess Manasa, ending the enmity between men and nagas. The architecture on display in the artwork is reminiscent of double-storied Dutch mansions with their shuttered windows, showing how local artists tried to amalgamate ancient fable within a contemporary narrative.

From the collection of Ghare Baire, DAG
Copyright DAG Pvt Ltd.



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