Mithila: Two Peacocks

2009
Madhubani or Mithila painting showing two peacocks amidst flowers and foliage.

The mithila or madhubani painting tradition originated in Bihar, and is claimed to be around 1200 years old. It is primarily practiced by women, who used to create these works on the walls of their house interiors. Only a chance occassion n 1934 – a massive earthquake that led to the destruction of the mud houses of these villages – led to the discovery of these murals for the outside world. The charateristics of mithila paintings are an element of horror vacui, the use of twigs, fingers and nibs to draw and the employing of a lot of floral motifs. This particular mithila work shows two birds, most possibly peacocks sitting amidst such foliage.

Title
Two Peacocks: Mithila
Period
2009
Artist
Satya Narayan Lal Karn, Moti Karn
Style
Mithila
Medium
Gouache and Ink on Paper
Dimensions
20.8 cm x 38.3 cm
Accession No.
2015.2.56