Large vintage Pichhwai / Pichhavai Hindu painting on silk, matted and framed
behind glass, Krishna dancing with gopis or shepherd girls. He appears to each
of them individually. The Rasa Dance.
There are palm trees in the background, pink flowers in the foreground appear
to be in water, and a decorative pink, purple, and gold floral border. Large
brown swirls, gold dots, and grasses scattered across the painting.
Lovely piece, custom framed and ready to hang. Bronze-tone metal frame. Thick
dusky pink matting.
Depth to wall 7/8"
Visible painting measurements
There is a wire on the back for hanging. Backed with foam core.
Glass encased to protect silk.
Pichhwai are intricate paintings which portray Lord Krishna. They exist in
the holy town of Nathdwara in the Rajasthan state of India. Krishna is shown in
different moods, body postures, and attire more commonly found on a cloth or
paper. It is a ancient form of art passed on from generation to generation and
it has a devotional theme towards Lord Krishna. The purpose of Pichhwais, other
than its artistic appeal, is to narrate tales of Krishna to the illiterate.
They have become the main export of Nathdwara and are in much demand among
foreign visitors in the area.
These artists mostly live in Chitron ki gali (Street of paintings) and
Chitrakaron ka mohallah (colony of painters) and make a close community with
constant interaction. It is no wonder that many times a Pichhwai painting is a
group effort, where several skillful painters work together under the
supervision of a master artist. It is miniature form of painting and creation
on the piece of cloth which hangs in the form of background to srinathji's idol
at nathdwara temple." - Wikipedia
Condition note: There is dust from the fabric dropping down to the bottom
edge. Overall good condition for age. Age unknown. Style of matte and frame
looks like framed between 1980s-1990s.
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