A pichwai of the dark and handsome Shrinath, a roopa (form) of Lord Krishna. The Shrinath iconography of Lord Krishna dates back to the 15th century, in a temple constructed in Nathadwara, Rajasthan. Pichwai paintings are a traditional regional form of art designed to be hung behind (‘pich’) the idol.
Pichwais are a fabric-based form of art. The one you see on this page is a cotton-woven canvas. It depicts Lord Shrinath in His traditional iconography. Deep, inky blue complexion. Luxuriant pearl-and-jewel shringar cascading down the front, hemmed in by a garland of crimson lotus buds.
The lotus is integral to the Shrinath/Krishna iconography. Full blooms and long-stemmed buds in His right hand, amongst which stands a flute of gold; another curled up lotus bud held up in the left. Other important elements of the iconography are the gorgeous peacock plume and the pristine cows dotting all four edges of the pichwai.
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