[Shirdi Sai Baba – II]
[1970's - 80's]
Polychrome pastels [?] on a black background, with a thin golden border on stiff orange paper. Original design for poster, 70.4 x 49.9 cm. Border a little scratched, the image bright and fresh. Signed by the studio artists, Raj Bros.
A masterly full length portrait, the white bearded and barefoot god-man Sai Baba, if it is indeed he, is depicted full body in saffron robes and headcloth with a garland. A faint halo illuminates his head. His right index finger points upwards and his left hand holds an alms bowl with rotis. A large oil lamp with eight flames burns in the darkness to his right. Although the mysterious guru and ascetic Sai Baba died in 1918 "Millions of people revere and worship him as a god, an avatara, and as a teacher of tolerance and mutual harmony between Hinduism and Islam" (xxiii Antonio Rigopoulos – The Life And Teachings Of Sai Baba Of Shirdi: The Conflicting Origins, Impacts, and Futures of the Community College, 1993)