Untitled (portrait of a man with glasses and mustache set into flower design)

Untitled (portrait of a man with glasses and mustache set into flower design)

1970s

Gelatin silver print, photomontage on black mount

Image: 14.5 x 11.7 cm (5 11/16 x 4 5/8 in.); Paper: 14.5 x 11.7 cm (5 11/16 x 4 5/8 in.); Mounted: 16.3 x 13.6 cm (6 7/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2018.16

Description

This Hindu gentleman’s wedding portrait recalls the roundels of flowers with the bust or face of a nature divinity in the center, often found on the railings or fences separating sacred from mundane space. Those auspicious divinities personify the life-giving forces of nature. Here the groom becomes a personification of wealth and abundance, his clothing updated to accord with the fashions of the day.

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