This beautiful vintage shrine print is of the well known Hindu God Ganesh. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears atop the pot-bellied body of a four-armed man. He is the lord of success and the destroyer of evils and obstacles, worshiped as the God of education, wisdom, and wealth.
This print was designed and produced by the very famous and very influential artist B.G Sharma in Bombay and is believed to be around 70 years old. B.G Sharma and his cousin Indra Sharma produced many designs and were incredibly successful in creating a distinctive new style for religious prints in the post-Independence period.
Size: A4 (8.27" × 11.69")
It has quite a lot of weathering to it which is reflected in the price.
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 marks, that come with daily use and age.
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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