Pichwai Depicting the Celebration of the Festival of Cows, late 18th-early 19th century. India (Deccan). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2003 (2003.177) | Pichwais (large paintings on cloth) were hung behind the main image of a shrine. The unusual iconography of the image indicates that it was made for the Festival of Cows (Gopashtami), held in the late autumn to celebrate Krishna's elevation from caretaker of calves to cowherd…

Pichwai Depicting the Celebration of the Festival of Cows, late 18th-early 19th century. India (Deccan). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2003 (2003.177) | Pichwais (large paintings on cloth) were hung behind the main image of a shrine. The unusual iconography of the image indicates that it was made for the Festival of Cows (Gopashtami), held in the late autumn to celebrate Krishna's elevation from caretaker of calves to cowherd…

Picchavai made for Gopashtami a festival that commemorates the day Krishna was promoted to cowherd from a herder of calves. On the anniversary of this day, which usually falls in November, herders bring hundreds of cows and their calves to the town of Nathadwara in Rajasthan from nearby barns owned by the temple. Nathadwara, Rajasthan, late 19th C.

Picchavai made for Gopashtami a festival that commemorates the day Krishna was promoted to cowherd from a herder of calves. On the anniversary of this day, which usually falls in November, herders bring hundreds of cows and their calves to the town of Nathadwara in Rajasthan from nearby barns owned by the temple. Nathadwara, Rajasthan, late 19th C.

Krishna and Radha. India, Nathdwara, Rajasthan state. Date: 19th cent. Pichhavi is a wall hanging which is usually placed at the back of a shrine. It is associated with the Vallabhachari cult, which is devoted to the worship of Krishna. Such paintings often depict the events of Krishna's life and scenes related to his worship. Here, Krishna is enthroned and Radha is paying homage to him. They are shown against a background of lotus blossoms, butterflies and dragonflies...

Krishna and Radha. India, Nathdwara, Rajasthan state. Date: 19th cent. Pichhavi is a wall hanging which is usually placed at the back of a shrine. It is associated with the Vallabhachari cult, which is devoted to the worship of Krishna. Such paintings often depict the events of Krishna's life and scenes related to his worship. Here, Krishna is enthroned and Radha is paying homage to him. They are shown against a background of lotus blossoms, butterflies and dragonflies...

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