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 honeymoon room.
In 1967 a relief project to alleviate the effects of drought and famine in India's northwest had village artists reproduce traditional wall and floor paintings on paper for sale. The enthusiastic response to the market launched the style that has come to be known as Madhubani paintings. 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.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 1999
pen and ink on paper
54.4 x 75.0 cm sight; 73.7 x 93.0 x 1.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Claudia Hyles 1999
Not on display
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Shown in 1 exhibition
Indian Folk Paintings and Textiles, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 May 2004–04 Jul 2004