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Title

Krishna's brother Balaram in tree with elephant below

circa 1980s


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In 1967 a relief project to alleviate the effects of drought and famine in India's north west had village artists reproduce traditional wall and floor paintings on paper for sale. This launched the style known as Madhubani paintings, this work is an example of this. Women have for centuries marked the inner and outer walls of their houses to mark auspicious occasions, rituals and festivals. Rooms typically decorated include the room for the family goddess or deity, the 'honeymoon' room for newly married couples and the verandah outside the honeymoon room.

This painting includes the typical subject matter of gods and goddesses surrounded by symbols of prosperity and fertility such as an elephant, fish, parrot, turtle, peacock, bamboo, lotus, flowers and creepers. The images are contained within geometric borders. The linear and two dimensional designs are done in black ink filled in with bright colour washes with no space left empty.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1999.


Details


Other Title

Celestial being in tree with axe


Place where the work was made

Madhubani Bihar India


Date

circa 1980s


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and ink on paper


Dimensions

72.7 x 53.0 cm sight; 73.9 x 94.0 x 1.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Claudia Hyles 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

78.1999



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history