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Nathdvara, Rajasthan, India

Autumn Moon festival [Sharad purnima]
shrine hanging [pichhavai]
18th century Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour and gold on cotton
Dimensions: 220.0 h x 170.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.88

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This pichhavaiwas created as a backdrop to a shrine for the annual Autumn Moon festival, sharad purnima. The festival celebrates Krishna’s legendary dance with the milkmaids, gopis, of the cow-herding village in which he grew up. The painting depicts Krishna, a deity adored for his mischievous and flirtatious personality, flanked by adoring gopis. The major Hindu gods, including Shiva and his consort Parvati (Uma), as well as Indra in a vehicle drawn by the multi-trunked elephant Airavata, appear in the starry sky.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label