Keechak Sairandhri

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Details

Size: 19.5 x 13.5 inches
Medium: Oleograph
Condition: Good Condition

Description

In the great epic Mahabharata, Draupadi is the beautiful daughter of King Drupada, and wife of the five Pandava princes. When her husbands were banished from their kingdoms, Draupadi stayed back in the kingdom of Matsya. There, she disguised herself and worked as a servant, or sairandhri, for King Virata's wife Sudeshna. Queen Sudeshna had a brother called Kichaka (Keechaka), who was overcome by Draupadi's beauty and had bad intentions towards her. This artwork captures one scene between Keechak and Draupadi when he tried approaching her indecently. Draupadi later sought the help of Bhima, her husband, for protection against Kichaka, who killed him.
This oleograph is from the Raja Ravi Varma Press. It is in very good condition.
  • ABOUT Oleographs

    Oleographs, also called chromolithographs, are multi-colour art prints, stemming from the process of lithography. Pioneered in the 1830s, the process of producing oleographs came into wide commercial use in the 1860s. The technique relied on using several woodblocks or stones with colours for printing, while hand-colouring remained an important aspect as well. Depending on the number of colours present, an oleograph could take months to produce by very skilled workers. Poor preservation and cheaper printing alternatives have made oleographs hard to find. Today, they are mainly used as fine art.

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