jkirk jkirk at SPRO.NET
Fri Jan 23 23:20:56 UTC 2009

Looking with a magnifier, the little orange object in the river
has a tiny man-like being rising out of it and two humanoid legs
below it--as though the conch was an integral part of the being.

Joanna Kirkpatrick
Bennington College, retd. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Indology [mailto:INDOLOGY at] On Behalf Of
Stefan Baums
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: invertebrates

Dear Valerie et al.,

> The conch-demon is S'ankhaasura ... depicted in painted sets of

> Avataras from the 18th-19th century, but I haven't got an
example to hand.

here is an example from the University of Virginia Art Museum
(second image from the top):

Unfortunately rather small, and I'm not sure I see the conch,
unless it is the orange object floating in the river in the
bottom left of the painting.

All best,

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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