© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.120
Title
Shrinathji in a Shrine Flanked by Worshipers
Classification
Paintings
Date
19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Nathadwara
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pigment on cloth
Dimensions
18.4 x 13.9 cm (7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.)
Provenance
[Popli Brothers], Apollo Bunder Road, Bombay (Mumbai) (December 29, 1953). Purchase by L.C. and P. Wyman, American couple; gift to Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden Street, Duxbury (1960s); purchase by Kathy Burton Jones [Norman Hurst], Hurst Gallery, 53 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge (2004); gift to Harvard Art Museum (2009).
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Katherine Burton Jones
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.120
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
At the center of the image is a shrine with a life-size idol of Shrinathji, a form of the Hindu god Krishna, who himself is the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Shrinathji is depicted with his iconic dark blue skin and pose. He wears a crown topped with a large peacock fan; rings, a nose ring, bracelets, armlets, long strands of pearls that reach his ankles, a large, long garland that hits the floor, a wide orange and red skirt, and orange trousers. His left arm is raised about his head. He holds in his right hand a long-stemmed flower with two buds. Flanking the shrine on each side is a worshipper. A female worshipper stands on the right. She wears a blue dress with a yellow shawl that covers her head and runs down almost to the hem of her skirt. On the left is a male worshipper. He wears a red shirt with red trousers. The style in which the painting is executed, with the yellow and white dots, was a popular local idiom that also parallels textile patterns in the area of Nathadwara.
Exhibition History

32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/03/2015 - 04/26/2016

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu