Devadasi

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Devadasi
123.1 x 75 cm
Oil on canvas
1976
Signed 'Husain' in Devanagari, Urdu and English and dated '76' upper left and inscribed 'DEVADASI (DEVA-DASI, GODS SLAVE) GIRLS DEDICATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE DEITY IN A HINDU TEMPLE. MEN FREQUENTLY GAVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FOR TEMPLE SERVICE TO SECURE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. SUN TEMPLES ALWAYS HAUNTS OF DEVADASIS DEVADASI AS A RULE STARTED HER TRAINING AT THE AGE OF SEVEN OR EIGHT. SHE WAS FIRST 'MARRIED' TO THE DEITY. A 'TALI' OR MARRIAGE BADGE IS TIED AROUND HER NECK. THERE AFTER THE GIRLS WERE TRAINED BY BRAHMINS IN DANCING AND EROTIC ARTS' on reverse
Painting
Acquired from Kali Pundole, Mumbai, circa late 1970s
2013-06-11
47
$124,300
$186,500
Not sold