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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2000,1012,0.11

  • Description

    Painting in bright poster colours on hand-made paper depicting the Rape of Subhadra. To the left stands Viṣṇu carrying mace (gada), wheel (chakra) and lotus (padma), while his upper left hand is in abhayamudra. To the right Subhadra is seen being dragged away by a male figure on horseback. Another female figure is also shown sitting behind the male figure (apparently not Subhadra appearing again in continuous narration as they wear different neck and ear jewellery). The ground of the painting is strewn with colourful flowers. In the four corners are large quartered blossoms. The border is decorated with small red flowers with blue leaves. The edge of the paper is marked with a yellow line.

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1965-1972
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 76.5 centimetres
    • Height: 56 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Devanagari
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Hindi or Bihari
      • Inscription Translation

        The name and (part of) the address of the artist - Chaturananda Jha, Simri Patra Tol (the name of the local village school).
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • Inscription Content

        Kalyug (?) Subhadra-haran der Raub der Subhadra.
      • Inscription Comment

        Also on the reverse is the stamp of Dr Sen-Gupta (twice) - Sammlung Dr Sen Gupta
  • Curator's comments

    Dr Sen-Gupta believes that Madhubani paintings made with paint like this example - as opposed to coloured inks - are the work of Brahmin, rather than Kayasth, families.

  • Bibliography

    • Vequaud 1977 bibliographic details
    • Jain 1997 Work on the most famous of the Mithila artists, Ganga Devi. bibliographic details
  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2000

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired by Dr Sen-Gupta in Delhi in 1972 from the Bihar State Emporium (ASG says 'they were chosen from those available in the godown' - ie not merely from those in the emporium).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2000,1012,0.11

Painting in bright poster colours on hand-made paper depicting the Rape of Subhadra.  To the left stands Vishnu carrying mace (gada), wheel (chakra) and lotus (padma), while his upper left hand is in abhayamudra.  To the right Subhadra is seen being dragged away by a male figure on horseback.  Another female figure is also shown sitting behind the male figure (apparently not Subhadra appearing again in continuous narration as they wear different neck and ear jewellery).  The ground of the painting is strewn with colourful flowers.  In the four corners are large quartered blossoms.  The border is decorated with small red flowers with blue leaves.  The edge of the paper is marked with a yellow line.

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Painting in bright poster colours on hand-made paper depicting the Rape of Subhadra. To the left stands Vishnu carrying mace (gada), wheel (chakra) and lotus (padma), while his upper left hand is in abhayamudra. To the right Subhadra is seen being dragged away by a male figure on horseback. Another female figure is also shown sitting behind the male figure (apparently not Subhadra appearing again in continuous narration as they wear different neck and ear jewellery). The ground of the painting is strewn with colourful flowers. In the four corners are large quartered blossoms. The border is decorated with small red flowers with blue leaves. The edge of the paper is marked with a yellow line.

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