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Antique Indian Pichwai painting on textile

 

Antique Indian pichwai painting depicting Krishna, Radha, and Gopis, with a stylized border of late 19th c. cows, watercolor on silk, now in an ebonized frame. Cows and Krishna have always been together. In His original form in the spiritual world, Krishna is a cowherd boy in the agricultural community of Goloka ("cow planet") Vrindavan, where He keeps unlimited, transcendental surabhi cows.When He descends to earth, Krishna brings a replica of Vrindavan with Him, and He spends His childhood tending cows and calves while playing in the pasturing grounds with His friends.

Framed dimensions: 44.5" x 34.5"

 

Pichhwai are devotional pictures found on cloth or paper which portray Lord Krishna. They originated in the Deccan, India, and the villages of Aurangabad and Nathdwara in Rajasthan state. The purpose of Pichwais, other than artistic appeal, is to narrate tales of Krishna to the illiterate, and were found in temples and home shrines.




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