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An image of Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene) by

Madhubani, Bihar, India

Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene)
Place of origin
Contemporary (Adivasi, tribal or folk) circa 1950 - onwards → India
circa 1980s
Media category
Materials used
pen and ink on paper

56.0 x 76.5 cm sight; 76.5 x 91.9 x 1.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Claudia Hyles 1999
Accession number
© Copyright reserved
Not on display
Further information

Women have for centuries decorated 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 hooneymoon room. This painting depicts gods and goddesses surrounded by symbols of prosperity and fertility such as an elephant, fish, parrot, turtle, peacock, bamboo, lotus, flowers and creepers. The bride and bridegroom with the wedding party are also featured as subjects as in this image.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1999

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Contemporary Painting in Urban and Village India', Sydney, 2003, 53 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. 5.9

Exhibition history (1)

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001