Apr 11, 2019
Apr 11, 2019

Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji

Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji


Khubiram Gopilal

(Indian, 1891-1970)

Gum tempera, gold, and photographic cutouts on paper

Image: 46.5 x 59 cm (18 5/16 x 23 1/4 in.); Paper: 50.5 x 63 cm (19 7/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust 2018.213


Did you know?

The couple seen here are solidly middle class: they both wear wristwatches.


Manorath paintings were bought by pilgrims visiting the temple at Nathdwara as mementos of their worship of its icon—the young Krishna. This scene is painted except for the couples’ heads, which are photographs that have been pasted on. This practice, which began in the 1920s, offered a cost-effective way to provide pilgrims with personalized souvenirs in a short time and at lower cost.

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