56.0 x 76.5cm sight; 76.5 x 91.9 x 1.7cm frame
Women have for centuries decorated the inner and outer walls of their houses to mark auspicious occasions, rituals and festivals. Rooms typically decorated include the room for the family goddess or deity, the `honeymoon' room for newly married couples and the verandah outside the hooneymoon room. This painting depicts gods and goddesses surrounded by symbols of prosperity and fertility such as an elephant, fish, parrot, turtle, peacock, bamboo, lotus, flowers and creepers. The bride and bridegroom with the wedding party are also featured as subjects as in this image.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1999
Haema Sivanesan (Australia) (Assistant Curator), Indian Painting, Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.9
'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 53 (colour illus.).
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001.