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Culture:Indian, Puri region, Odisha (20th century)
Title:Worship of Jagannatha, Subhadra, and Balabhadra
Date Made:ca. 1990-1991
Materials:opaque color and shallac on cloth
Place Made:Asia; India; Puri region; Odisha
Measurements:Overall: 16 in x 18 3/4 in; 40.6 cm x 47.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2017.10
Credit Line:Gift of Georgana Falb Foster
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

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 painting on cloth. The triad is shown being worshipped in the temple sanctum. The cloth paintings from Puri are often coated with shellac to make them durable enough to be used for worship (puja).

animals; dots; figures; figurines; Hinduism; patterns; deities

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