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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 496

    A picchvai for the Annakuta Festival

    INDIA, RAJASTHAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A picchvai for the Annakuta Festival
    India, Rajasthan, late 19th century
    Opaque and gold pigments on textile
    56 x 36¼ in. (142 x 92 cm.)


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    The festival of Annakuta, also known as Govardhana Puja, is celebrated during the month of Kartika (between October and November), on the day after Diwali. During this festival, devotees offer an enormous quantity of prasada (blessed food) to Govardhan Hill, and models of the mountain are made from cow dung.