Manorath Painting

Manorath Painting

1920s

Khubiram Gopilal

(Indian, 1891-1970)

Opaque watercolor, gold and photographic cut-outs on paper

Image: 46.5 x 59 cm (18 5/16 x 23 1/4 in.); Paper: 50.5 x 63 cm (19 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.213

Fun Fact

The couple seen here are solidly middle class: they both wear wristwatches.

Description

Manorath paintings were bought by pilgrims visiting the temple at Nathdwara as mementos of their worship of its icon—the young Krishna. This scene is painted except for the couples’ heads, which are photographs that have been pasted on. This practice, which began in the 1920s, offered a cost-effective way to provide pilgrims with personalized souvenirs in a short time and at lower cost.

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