May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016

Head Priest Govardhan Lalji (1862–1934) Offers a Lamp to Shri Nathji in Celebration of the Spring Festival

Head Priest Govardhan Lalji (1862–1934) Offers a Lamp to Shri Nathji in Celebration of the Spring Festival

c. 1890

attributed to Ghasiram Hardev Sharma

(Indian, 1866–1931)

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 28.6 x 21.9 cm (11 1/4 x 8 5/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.153

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The artist has faithfully portrayed the dark stone sculpture of Shri Nathji with its monolithic rectangular slab depicting stylized rocks and wild inhabitants in low relief. The image of the sculpture contrasts with the surrounding pale hues, notably the pink created by a new synthetic pigment imported from Europe.

Govardhan Lalji is a priest descended from the founder of the Pushti Marg sect, Vallabha, who ministers to the elaborate devotions and daily activities of Shri Nathji.

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