Image: Balinese Painting E94645 F

Balinese Painting E94645 F

Kamasan painting by artist Nyoman Mandra, Bali, Indonesia.

Emma Furno & Thomas Luscombe
© Australian Museum


The gods devise a plan, creating a woman of dazzling beauty called Tilottama. When she worships them by circumambulation (pradaksina) they cannot take their eyes of her. Brahma creates four faces so he does not have to turn around to follow her with his gaze and Indra a thousand eyes.

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