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A PICCHVAI DEPICTING THE HEAD PRIESTS OF THE SHRINES AT NATHDWARA, INDIA, CIRCA 1900

Property from a distinguished European private collection

A PICCHVAI DEPICTING THE HEAD PRIESTS OF THE SHRINES AT NATHDWARA, INDIA, CIRCA 1900

A PICCHVAI DEPICTING THE HEAD PRIESTS OF THE SHRINES AT NATHDWARA, INDIA, CIRCA 1900

Property from a distinguished European private collection

A PICCHVAI DEPICTING THE HEAD PRIESTS OF THE SHRINES AT NATHDWARA, INDIA, CIRCA 1900


polychrome pigments and ink on cotton with gold highlights, painted with a palace with the head priests in the act of worship and courtly devotional scenes, opening in the centre for Shrinathji


painted area: 103 by 309cm.

panel: 240 by 309cm.


Please note: Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.

Composed of multiple cotton sheets sewed together, the top section without painting, the central section empty as it would have had a representation of Srinathji, water stains and associated discolouration, with losses and fold marks, some slight water stains, particular losses to the external edges, as viewed.


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This beautifully hand-painted and detailed Picchvai would have originally been designed to hang behind the idol of Shrinathji, an incarnation of the Hindu god Krishna. The central opening would have been reserved for a separately painted image of Shrinathji, which this textile would have been intended to surround. The grand white architectural facades in the background recall the temple town of Nathdwara in Udaipur, where Shrinathji's mains shrine is located and an important pilgrimage centre. For more on this lot, see the online version of the catalogue.