Transforming the bride: Gauri Puja in early twentieth-century Mithila painting Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Owens, Tammi M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
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  • This project investigates depictions of Gauri Puja, an offering of gratitude to the goddess Gauri (Parvati) in kohbar ghar (marriage house) wedding murals designed and executed by women during the four-day Hindu marriage ceremony in the Mithila region of Bihar, India. Drawing upon William G. Archer's 1940 photographs of these murals in Darbhanga district, some of the earliest images of painted interiors from the region, I analyze the depicted narratives. I investigate the relationship between the iconography of the depicted figures and the wedding ceremony for which this space is painted and prepared.
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  • Ghosh, Pika
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