Dattatraya : Raja Ravi Verma Lithograph

Rs. 14,000
Dattatraya : Raja Ravi Verma Lithograph : Lonavala : C 1940

Raja Ravi Varma is an iconic Indian artist, who is known for his unique oil paintings. They mainly depicted scenes from epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. His work combined western realism with Hindu iconography, painting deities, Gods, and Goddess in the likeness of human-kind. He was instrumental in making affordable lithographs of his paintings available to the public. His work increased the involvement of the common people with fine art and moulded their artistic tastes.
This is an original Ravi Varma lithograph from the press in Karla, Lonavala, Maharashtra. It was printed by Anant Shivaji Desai for sale in Moti Bazar Mumbai. This press printed Ravi Varma’s artwork between 1906 and 1945.

The lithograph is a depiction of Dattareya or Trimurti or the Hindu trinity : Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Bhrama. The depiction is of a three-headed man with six arms. In his arms, he carries a kamandala (pot of water) synonymous with Bhrama, a Trishul which is synonymous with Shiva, a shank (shell) and chakra (discus) which are synonymous with Vishnu. The deity is surrounded by four dogs, they represent the four Vedas and the bull is Shiva’s Vahana.

Dimensions : 15" x 11"

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