The print depicts Goddess Gauri Mahalaxmi who is worshipped with great pomp in Maharashtra in the month of Bhadrapada (August- September). Images of goddesses made of clay or cloth, metal masks of goddesses are worshipped on this occasion in households. In some households, prints depicting the goddess like the present example are worshipped.
Lithographs and oleographs of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings depicting the humane look (god in the image of man) became highly popular in the early 20th century and were known as ‘god photos’. Such prints were printed in Germany as well as in India in Raja Ravi Varma Press and Chitrashala Press. While Ravi Varma’s original paintings were prerogative enjoyed by aristocratic families, the colourful prints of his religious paintings were within the reach of the common man.
Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Chitrashala Printing Press
Litho Press Printing
20th Century CE