An image of Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene)

Unknown Artist

Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene)

Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Madhubani, Bihar, India
Cultural origin
Madhubani or Mithila painting
circa 1980s
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
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