Fabled Kings

March 13, 2014-January 4, 2015

Frances Parker Appel Gallery

Indian, Matsya Avatar of Vishnu: The Slaying of Sankh Asura, 1730–1740
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Julius F. Pratt Fund, 53.27

Featuring 16 Indian paintings dating from the late 17th to the 18th centuries, this exhibition highlights works from the IMA’s Asian collection and a selection of paintings from a Panchatantra series painted at Udaipur, on loan from a private collection. The Panchatantra is based on an ancient Indian oral tradition that uses tales to teach life lessons. They are often illustrated by anthropomorphized animals, similar to Aesop’s Fables. Shown for the first time together, the works in Fabled Kings represent the vivid and varied tradition of Indian narrative painting.

Take a docent-led tour of Fabled Kings.

Fabled Kings Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN