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Khubiram Gopilal

artist and publisher (organisation)

not titled [manorath. A family worshipping on Nandotsav] circa 1916 Place made: India
Materials & Technique: paintings, photographs, colour pigment on paper; painted over or from portrait photographs, or possibly incorporating collaged heads cut from portrait photographs Support: paper

Primary Insc: Gujurati? inscription in red ink lower right image
Dimensions: comp 50.4 h x 64.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.74

A vibrantly painted photograph, this image shows a family worshipping at a shrine honouring Krishna during the annual festival of Nanda. It is a rendition of a daily showing, darshan, sponsored or attended by the family. The Nanda festival commemorates the infant Krishna’s joyous reception by his adoptive mother and father, Yashoda and Nanda. The donors stand beside an image of a shrine featuring a painted backdrop, pichhavai, depicting Krishna. The faces of the donors have been cut from portrait photographs and pasted onto the scene.

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