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Sri Nathaji

c. 1900
Overall: 24.5 x 17.2 cm (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 in.)
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This painted depiction of the black stone sculpture regarded by followers of the Pushti Marg sect as Shri Nathji, a living embodiment of Krishna, includes all the elements carved into the monolithic stele behind the figure. Snakes, beasts, and yogis occupy a wild, rocky landscape. Priests have dressed the figure in light garments, indicative of a hot season, and applied a turban, jewelry, and eyes, which look down upon devotees who would be worshiping at his feet.

This painting probably stood on a domestic shrine for daily devotions and served as a memento of a pilgrimage to Nathdwara.
Sri Nathaji

Sri Nathaji

c. 1900

Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Kota

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