This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu God, Krishna and Goddess Radha.
This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu God, Krishna and Goddess Radha. The relationship of Radha and Krishna is the embodiment of love, passion and devotion. Radha's passion for Krishna symbolizes the soul's intense longing and willingness for the ultimate unification with God. Shri Krishna is the soul of Radha and Radha is definitely the soul of Shri Krishna. She is the undivided form of Shri Krishna. Radha became a goddess, not because she was a character with a strong storyline, but because she was the embodiment of a profound aesthetic idea: the agony and ecstasy of union and separation from the Lord.
This very rare print has been painted with beautiful gold outlines all over which sparkle so beautifully in the right light. The print depicts Radha and Krishna in a forest grove at a moment of intimate embrace. Following the same design, Sharma accentuates the principle figures and adds animal witnesses. This print was designed and produced by the very famous and very influential artist Indra Sharma in Bomaby and is believed to be around 70 years old. Indra Sharma and his cousin B.G Sharma produced many designs and were incredibly successful in creating a distinctive new style for religious prints in the post-Independence period. Indra Sharmas name is printed at the bottom in Sanskrit.
Size: 59cm x 50cm
It is important to understand that these are not just images of Gods; they are Gods - Gods incarnate in their printed image. During puja (worship) the Gods are invited to descend into their images and are treated as guests. Offerings of fruit, flowers, and sweets are placed before these prints, prayers chanted to them, incense burned before them, and garlands of marigolds are hung around their frames.
This print has gone through many monsoons (with months of humidity), so it may have some staining and discoloration, along with some chips in the frame, that come with daily use and age. The print is mounted in its original frame and glass which is very rare to come across these days. The print has been left exactly how it was from its time of use. The glass might be marked and dusty but this all adds to it's beautiful and Holy life of being worshiped daily.
In the period following independence in 1947 in India, the religious print business in India grew dramatically in its scale and diversity. All the prints I import from India are from this era and are a lot more colorful and bold in comparison to the very early prints in the late 1800's.
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