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Arjuna Maharana

(India  – 1993)

Title
Seven stages in the painting process
Place of origin
PuriOrissaIndia
Cultural origin
Orissan patachitra - a style of folk painting made as souvenirs for pilgrims.
Year
late 20th century
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pigment on 'pati' canvas
Dimensions

19.0 x 76.0 cm sight; 23.4 x 88.0 x 3.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1996
Accession number
582.1996
Location
Not on display
Further information

This work originated from Puri, one of the chief religious centres and pilgrimage sites in India. Produced as souvenirs for pilgrims to the Temple of Jagannath and used for worship in house shrines. Pilgrim paintings typically portray the main deities enshrined at the Temple-Jagannath with his brother Balbhadra and sister Subhadra. This work illustrates the blue child Krishna with his older brother Balarama and their mother. It is a record of the process used by the chitrakar, temple painter.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, November 1996