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  • Antique Indian Hand Painted Pichwai Textile

    A visually stunning and intricate hand painted Pichwai temple hanging, featuring applied and painted silver leaf decoration on a ground of handwoven fine cotton, in the form of Krishna, gopis and winged apsaras, all dancing in a circular pattern with mango leaf corner decoration and a floral border.

    Called Pichwai, this Sandscrit word means "back" (pichh) and "hanging" (wais), referring to their role as large devotional cloth temple hangings portraying Krishna and the stories that surround his life. This excellent example consists of a plain cotton weave that has been indigo dyed (now faded) and painted with silver leaf. Backed by a plain red, natural dye cotton weave with a red and white striped cotton border.

    Pichwai originated 400 years ago in Nathdwara near Udaipore, Rajasthan, India and were typically made by Shri Nathji devotees of the Pushti Marg Sect.

    This Pichwai is an excellent, large and rare circular-patterned example of this traditional Rajasthani art form, and dates to the late 19th Century. A true collector's item, it would be at home in a museum or gallery dedicated to historical Indian art. Fading and wear commensurate with its age and historical use as a temple piece.

    Measurements: 173 x 157 cm.