Astrological Sign of Capricorn

Artist/maker unknown, India

Made in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia

c. 1810-20

Opaque watercolor on paper

7 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches (19.1 x 13.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 227, Asian Art, second floor (Wood Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy and Wayne Hunnicutt, 2010

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Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac corresponding to December–January, is most often represented as a hybrid animal mingling the form of a goat with the hind quarters of a dragon. Here, instead, is the Indian black buck with a long, crocodile-like trunk that ends in a fish tail, the iconography of which derives from sixteenth-century Islamic Mughal Empire coins and paintings. The composite creature stands on the banks of a river in a highly detailed landscape setting, straddling the threshold between water and earth.

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