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Title

Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene)

circa 1980s


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

For centuries, Hindu women around adhubani, in the Mithila region of Bihar, India, have decorated the walls of their village homes with vivid paintings to ward off evil, mark festivals, and commemorate passage rites. This longstanding tradition, however, remained largely unknown to outsiders until the late 1960s, when a severe drought, lasting up to two years, had a devastating impact on the region’s predominantly agrarian society. To provide the community with a non-agriculture-based income, the All India Handicrafts Board then urged the women to create their paintings on paper for commercial purposes and introduced the world to Madhubani or Mithila painting.

This painting depicts a bride and bridegroom being transported to the bride's house in a palanquin, a type of enclosed chair.


Details


Place where the work was made

Madhubani Bihar India


Date

circa 1980s


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pen and ink on paper


Dimensions

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


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Claudia Hyles 1999


Accession number

79.1999



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 5.9

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