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Amazing extra-large very rare unparalled example of the art category ‘Puri Patta’ or Pilgrim’s Souvenir
Indian Painting of Jagannath Temple Puri Painting on Cotton, Balabhadra and Subhadra in the Jagannatha Temple Puri.
The painting depicts the shrine of the Jagannath temple at Puri with the principal deities Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Balibhadra at the center. The Dasavataras of Vishnu are placed within pilastered niches in a register above.
Size 128 x 102 cm approx – the largest old piece seen until now
The vivid colors are characteristic of the historical folk art of the region.
The cotton cloth is treated before painting and after painting with lacquer to protect the paint. Jatripattis were done by reed pens and had bold lines. Jatripattis are religious souvenirs of the kind that were given to the pilgrims who visited Jagannatha temple in Puri until the start of the century (1900s). The old methods of painting have now been discontinued.
Hindus have four important pilgrimage spots -known as ‘Chaar Dhaam’ that a devout Hindu ought to visit during his lifetime. The Jagannath temple of Puri is one of them.
Cloth painted and glazed. Condition not perfect. Several areas of paint loss. Damage to the top left hand corner.
More photos available on request.
This lot is ex – Sotheby’s – Lot 137, Indian &South East Asian Art, New York, 2005
LITERATURE REFERENCE :
Similar JatriPatti seen on Page 98, ‘Ritual Art of India’ by Ajit Mookerjee, Thames & Hudson.
SIMILAR MUSEUM EXAMPLES:
1) LACMA museum [ SEARCH “PURI”]
3. Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford
4. Art Gallery NSW Accession number 583.1996
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.