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Deities enshrined in the Jagannath Temple

early 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Plan of the Jagannath Temple
    A plan of the Jagannatha Temple with enshrined
    Place where the work was made
    Puri Orissa India
    Cultural origin
    Orissan patachitra - a style of folk painting
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    pigment on 'pata' cloth
    76.0 x 61.0 cm sight; 81.0 x 65.2 x 3.7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1996
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    The celebrated Jagannatha temple at Puri in Orissa was built in the 1100s and is the centre of the cult of the deity Jagannatha, the Lord of the World. This painting shows the principle deity of this famed temple accompanied by his brother Balabhadra (left) and sister Subhadra (centre), their startling, semi-anthropomorphic forms suggesting that they were probably folk or tribal deities eventually incorporated into the pantheon of orthodox Hinduism. While their forms are solid and heavy, the artists' linework is sinuous and rhythmic, revealing an interest in pattern and decorative treatment. Also included are the various shrines, gates and tanks enclosed within that sacred monument, and scenes from the Ramayana. It is likely that a painting such as this would have been produced as a souvenir for pilgrims to the temple.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.50.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Asian Favourites', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Sep 2003, 27 (colour illus.; detail).

    • Jackie Menzies, Arts of Asia, 'New Dimensions', pg. 54-63, Hong Kong, Nov 2003-Dec 2003, 57 (colour illus.). no.6

    • Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Folk Paintings and Souvenir Pictures', Sydney, 2003, 50-51 (colour illus.,). The colour illus. on page 51 is a detail of this work.

    • Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.6