A pichhawai Pichhwai of Rasaslila for Sharad Purnima Nathdwara, mid-19th century
Lot 97
A pichhawai of Rasaslila for Sharad Purnima Nathdwara, mid-19th century
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£12,000 - 18,000
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A pichhawai Pichhwai of Rasaslila for Sharad Purnima Nathdwara, mid-19th century A pichhavai of rasalila Nathdwara, mid-19th century
Lot Details
A pichhawai of Rasaslila for Sharad Purnima
Nathdwara, mid-19th century
Opaque watercolor and gold on cloth; with Krishna as Shri Nathji, repeated in several places dancing with the gopis in a clearing in the forest, with peacocks in dense foliage and gods airborne in animal-headed chariots above, and with cows with protective red hand prints and a temple in the foreground.
Image: 96 1/4 x 67 3/4 in. (244.5 x 172 cm)

Footnotes

  • In discussion of a closely related composition in the TAPI Collection (TAPI 07.43) Krishna and Talwar note, "A circle of opalescent light beams from the fully waxed autumn moon on to a clearing in the dense grove. The gopis have hastened to the spot in a state of rapturous enchantment, each craving to be with Krishna alone. A divine lila ensues as Krishna miraculously manifests himself eight times, dancing in the ring with pairs of gopis, leaving each one spellbound and fulfilled. The raas or divine dance culminates when Krishna, as Shrinathji, presents his darshana by appearing in the centre of the circle playing his flute fanned by a pair of gopis bearing peacock-feather whisks." - In Adoration of Krishna: Pichhwais of Shrinathj, New York, 2007.

    Also compare with another in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, (217.2011). Additionally, see Robert Skelton, Rajasthani Temple Hangings of the Krishna Cult, from the Collection of Karl Mann, New York, 1973, no. 38.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, New Jersey
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