This present lot offers a rare reverse glass painting of goddess Meenakshi. The patron goddess of Madurai, a bejewelled Meenakshi stands on a lotus, flanked by the makaras, culminating with a kiritmukha. Painted in green, she has a garland of flowers around her and holds a lotus and has perched on it a parrot.
Introduced to India in the 18th century, reverse glass paintings became a staple style for artists while representing deities. These were emblematic of affluence and status in society. By the mid 19th century, these paintings became very popular and saw regional variation, especially from the Madras Presidency which was based on the Thanjavur style and was popular in cities like Madurai and Tiruchirappalli. Reverse glass painting steadily declined after the rise of the printing press and oleographs
Private Collection, Chennai
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