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Collection

An image of The Jagannatha trinity by

Puri, Orissa, India

Title
The Jagannatha trinity
Place of origin
PuriOrissaIndia
Year
circa 1900
Media category
Painting
Materials used
gouache on paper
Dimensions

22.7 x 27.7 cm image

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Barbara Beiboer-Allen 2000
Accession number
237.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (1)

Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004