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Title

Krishna and the gopis


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Madhubani Bihar India


Date

circa 1980s


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and ink on paper


Dimensions

54.4 x 75.0 cm sight; 73.7 x 93.0 x 1.7 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Claudia Hyles 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

80.1999



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