About this object

History of use

Indian popular religious prints have been published for nearly a century, first by German presses, later by Indian ones. The prints may take the form of calendars, posters, or simply images. The style of the representations is European. In the beginning they were Hindu images, but are now acquiring elements both of folk art and a romantic secularism. It is a living art currently influenced by the movie industry and non-Hindu religions. The images are a vehicle for advertising and are also used for religious purposes. This print is from a magazine.

Cultural context

secular print; reproduction of oil painting

Physical description

Rectangular shaped print of a female with black hair gathered into bun on the left of her head, standing, yet leaning against piece of furniture. Only torso and head shown. She is wearing a translucent, white cloth wrap along with gold bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hair and nose ornaments. Her left hand reaches up to touch neck while left one supports arm on right under elbow. Illustration framed in white. Tamil(?) script and '1956' printed near base. Print mounted onto a light brown, diagonal-lined, textured paper.