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The Devi Rides in State: Great Indian Paintings


How does a painter translate lines of a poem written about a goddess into a painting? The process, as explained by the other in the book, certainly involves meditating over the text, repeatedly, until a clarity dawns on him.
A Folio from the Devi series, this painting was made during the 17t century, in Pahari style and attributed to Kripal of Nurpur.
The Goddess, Bhadrakali, is seen riding on her chariot, pulled by two tigers, and small, thick wheels. Fierce and graceful, the Goddess is seen sitting in the middle.
It is on display at Museum Rietburg, Zurich

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