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Deities enshrined in the Jagannath Temple

early 20th century


Unknown Artist


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.


Other Titles

Plan of the Jagannath Temple

A plan of the Jagannatha Temple with enshrined

Place where the work was made

Puri Orissa India


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



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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. 5.6