AM E076382 Arjunawiwaha

Arjuna fighting Niwatakawaca

1. To the left we see depicted a group of monsters gathered about their king, Niwatakawaca. 2. The next scene to the right depicts the heavenly nymphs attempting to distract Arjuna from his meditation. 3. To the right again is the scene in which Arjuna and Siwa in the guise of a hunter fight over the wild boar which they both claimed to have killed. 4. In the small scene on the far right of the painting we see Arjuna kneeling before a sacrificial brazier worshipping Siwa (Bhatara Guru) who is to be seen in the upper right-hand corner of the painting together with his consort Durga ? [ref PW 2005]

441 by 90 cm
Painting on cotton cloth, sewn onto backing of woven bamboo matting; pigment on cotton cloth and bamboo [ref reg]

Painted at: Culik

Collection of the Australian Museum

Previously in the Anthony Forge Collection

Depicts: Arjunawiwaha