, Lotus ponds [kamal vana] of the Yamuna; shrine hanging [pichhavai] Enlarge 1 /1
Nathdvara, Rajasthan, India

Lotus ponds [kamal vana] of the Yamuna
shrine hanging [pichhavai]
19th century Description: pichhavai for Kamal Vana [lotus festival] or Jal Vihara [water sports]
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour on cotton
Dimensions: 167.5 h x 174.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.121

In this pichhavai, lotus blooms and images of fish and insects play against the blue background of the Yamuna River. The sacred Yamuna winds through the landscape in which the legendary Krishna spent his childhood and youth. This jal vihara, water games, image commemorates the hot summer days when Krishna played in the river with the milkmaids, gopis, of his village. Hangings of this type are shown behind sculptures of Krishna, dressed in diaphanous muslin, to cool and comfort the deity.

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