This painting depicts a Hindu trinity of gods: Jagannatha, a manifestation of the god Vishnu; his brother, Balabhadra, a manifestation of the god Shiva; and his sister Subhadra, a manifestation of Durga or the goddess. The chief centre of worship of these deities is in Puri, Orissa where a large temple complex is dedicated to the worship of these deities.
Images such as this were created as pilgrim paintings, and were bought by worshippers as a souvenir of their visit to the temple. They were often quickly drawn, highly stylised images using a limited palette of colours.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
gouache on paper
22.7 x 27.7 cm image
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Barbara Beiboer-Allen 2000
Not on display
© Copyright reserved
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004