It was during the 4th century A.D. that anthropomorphic figures of Ganga and
Yamuna started appearing in art and architecture (as on shrine doors). Ganga
is known for her purity and divinity. Hence she is painted here in pure
white. Even the fish that she rides upon is white. The frill of her garment
is painted pink giving it an illusory look of a lotus seat. A number of head
ornaments and other jewellery decorate her divine body. A halo around her
head define her status.
Surrounding the muddy waters is the foliage bearing flowers, around which
are white icy mountains. Curling clouds in the clear blue sky is
characteristic of the Pahari school. Floral decorations around the oval
subject speak of Mughal inspiration. The main border conflicts with the
This description by Renu Rana.
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