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Woman on an elephant
Place of Origin: India, Bihar state, Mithila region
Date: 1988
Materials: Ink on paper
Style or Ware: Mithila or Madhubani
Dimensions: H. 21 in x W. 29 in, H. 53.3 cm x W. 73.7 cm (image); H. 30 in x W. 22 1/2 in, H. 76.2 cm x W. 57.1 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 1999.39.17
On Display: No

Description

Label: The women of the Mithila region of northeastern India for generations made paintings and drawings on the walls and floors of their homes for marriages and other festive occasions. In the mid-1960s, they were encouraged to begin painting and drawing on paper, so their works could be sold to bring them much-needed income. Since then, paintings and drawings in the Mithila tradition have been exhibited and collected around the world. The elephant shown here wears an elaborate blanket and is painted all over with flowers. The identity of the figure on the elephant is not known. As Mithila artists began to paint for viewers outside their communities, they broadened their range of subjects.

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Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery
Label: The women of the Mithila region of northeastern India for generations made paintings and drawings on the walls and floors of their homes for marriages and other festive occasions. In the mid-1960s, they were encouraged to begin painting and drawing on paper, so their works could be sold to bring them much-needed income. Since then, paintings and drawings in the Mithila tradition have been exhibited and collected around the world. The elephant shown here wears an elaborate blanket and is painted all over with flowers. The identity of the figure on the elephant is not known. As Mithila artists began to paint for viewers outside their communities, they broadened their range of subjects.
Exhibition History: "Elephants on Parade", 2/18/2006 - 8/6/2006, Tateuchi Gallery