Fragment of a Pichwai depicting a Gopi

Unknown artist

  • Date: Mid to late 18th century
  • Dimensions: H. 19.8 cm, W. 14 cm
  • Medium: Mineral pigments and gold, painted and block printed on cotton fabric
  • Region: Deccan, India
  • Museum number: TXT.00898

The black ground fragment of a Pichwai depicting a standing Gopi, possibly formed border of a lager panel.

An elegantly dressed Gopi facing right resting her left hand on her waist and right hand raised. She is finely dressed in an orange sari a gold choli (bodice) and adorned with pearl embellished gold ornaments. The figure is framed by a cusped gold cartouche set within the floral borders-all rendered in gold and pink. This panel represents the luxuriant Deccani School of miniature paintings. The original Pichwai probably had a row of similar Gopis surrounding a central figure of Krishna.

Gift from Francesca Galloway, London.

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