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Culture:Indian, Puri region, Odisha (20th century)
Title:Festival Chariot Carrying Jagannatha, Subhadra, and Balabhadra
Date Made:1990-1991
Materials:colors on wood
Place Made:Asia; India; Odisha: Puri
Measurements:Overall: 16 in x 6 1/4 in x 8 in; 40.6 cm x 15.9 cm x 20.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2017.22
Credit Line:Gift of Georgana Falb Foster
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
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Label Text:
The eastern Indian state of Odisha is home to a thriving souvenir painting tradition associated with a famous temple in Puri that houses potent images of Jagannatha, a form of the Hindu god Vishnu, and his brother and sister, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Distinguished by their very large eyes, circular faces, and lack of necks, hands, and legs, these icons are highly abstracted incarnations of the divine. The triad appears together—the yellow-skinned Subhadra squeezed between the dark-faced Jagannatha and the fair-complexioned Balabhadra in the toy chariot. The chariot references an annual summer festival during which the three are processed in enormous chariots down Puri’s main avenue.

carts; figurines; Hinduism; horses; patterns

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