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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1880,0.2101

  • Description

    Watercolour painting on paper of a group of wrestlers exercising in a forest. All the figures bar two wear loincloths. The remaining two are possibly women and wearing sari’s. Some of the wresters are seated on the ground watching on whilst others stretch on the ground and against trees. The wrestlers appear to be in a clearing surrounded by dense trees. The painting is surrounded by a thick black border.

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 19thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.5 centimetres
    • Width: 27.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        inscribed on back
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        palwans, wrestlers
  • Subjects

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1880,0.2101

Painting. Recreation. Group of wrestlers exercising in a forest clearing, with caption. Water-colour on paper. Inscribed.

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Painting. Recreation. Group of wrestlers exercising in a forest clearing, with caption. Water-colour on paper. Inscribed.

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