This beautiful vintage print is of the Hindu God Hanuman. Hanuman is one of several zoomorphic characters in Indian mythology, but is the only wholly animal figure who is revered as a god today. The mythic texts speak of him as a monkey child of the Wind God, as possessing enormous strength, keen intellect and a mastery over the Vedas and other branches of learning. He is also an unquestioning devotee of Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, and has the ability to take on any form he wishes.
This print depicts Hanuman bringing the mountain of herbs over from the Himalayas to save Lakshmana's life which is a common theme in Hindu prints. It 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: 7" x 5"
Free 1st class postage to anywhere in the UK
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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