Painting depicting shrines to Lord Shiva

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India
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century
  • Type
    Painting
  • Materials
    cotton cloth, paint
  • Measurements
    L198.4 x W92 cm
  • Creator name
    Unknown
  • Creator date
    Unknown
  • Where it was made
    Pahari region (hill states) of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.
  • Time period
    AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century
  • Creation date
    Last quarter of the 17th century - Early 18th century
  • Function
    This painting commemorates a noble family’s visit to Gaya in northern India for a shraddha-related ceremony (annual death ritual), a customary practice considered very auspicious among Hindus. It is considered to shower merit upon the commissioner.
  • Acquisition
    This painting was in the collection of the family which commissioned it to commemorate their visit for the death ritual of an ancestor. However, how the painting left the family’s collection remains unknown. The painting was purchased by the Museum at an auction house in 1993.
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