Dimensions : H-0.4 W-12 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Canvas
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This manuscript painting depicts the Matsya avatar of Vishnu. The upper part of the painting has the typical Apabhramsa style red background, while the bottom part depicts the water. There are many facets of this painting, the most dominant being the Matsya. Vishnu is depicted in a half man- half fish form. His four hands hold a lotus, the Sudarshan chakra, a mace and a seed. With the lower fish portion of his body, he holds the boat of life which saved the first human, Manu and others from the great flood. While Manu is depicted worshiping the Matsya avatar, the others are holding all the life on earth – different species of plants and animals.
In front of him is the now-dead demon Hayagriva, who had stolen the vedas. Beyond the dead demon is Brahma, sitting on his lotus, the original composer of the vedas ready to take them back.
The assamese manuscript paintings have been a vibrant form of painting and were given a definite shape during the bhakti movement by saint sankaradeva in the 15th century.
Over 150 illustrated manuscripts have been discovered in Assam till date. The manuscript paintings that we see today have a stylistic amalgamation of the rajasthani and mughal miniature art. The different styles of Assamese Manuscript Painting Tradition are Sattriya, Gadgayan, Darrangi and the Tai style. The manuscript paintings consist of religious illustrations from the hindu mythology. However, there are secular manuscripts as well, such as the buranjis, or the manuscripts on chronicles of kings. The natural colours red, yellow, blue, white and black are used in the paintings. Traditionally these were drawn on the bark of agar (sanchipat), hand made paper pulp (tulapat), wooden plate and on muga clothes.
Our Assamese Manuscript painting artist Mridu Moucham Bora has been associated with the different art and cultural traditions of Assam, such as manuscript painting, mask making, wood carving, terracotta, etc. He has written extensively on manuscript conservation as well. He is one of the only living artists to have illustrated five manuscripts in sankari painting tradition. He uses the traditional and folk elements in his paintings, bringing them back from the verge of extinction.
- Size: 4 inch by 12 inch
- Painted on Canvas with natural colours made by the artist
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- Handpainted in Assamese Manuscript style of art by artist Mridu Mouchum Bora
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