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Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene)

circa 1980s


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Madhubani Bihar India
    Cultural origin
    Madhubani or Mithila painting
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Copyright reserved

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications