A traditional pichwai painting such as this one would be a valuable addition to any Vaishnavite home or office. Pichwai paintings are a staple of the Shrinath temple at Nathadwara, Rajasthan. Originating so far back as in the 15th century, these paintings hang behind (‘pich’) the Shrinath idol, forming a visual Krishnaleela narrative to the illiterate devotee.
The iconography of Shrinath is instantly recognisable. Inky blue complexion, and a brilliant pearl-and-jewel shringar cascading down the front of the standing figure. A garland of crimson lotus buds. A peacock plume on the divine head, painted with high-precision, richly detailed brushstrokes.
Lord Shrinath is surrounded by a herd of white- and golden-bodied cows. In a shallow pond they all stand, turned towards their Lord and Master whilst their young ones feed upon their teats. Gorgeous crimson lotuses bloom amongst them.
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