Rare Antique CHERIYAL Indian Handpainted Narrative Scroll, Telangana, India
The scrolls are drawn on handmade cloth called "khadi" which is specially processed by applying a paste of tamarind seeds, tree gum, and white clay.
A visual aid used by singers to narrate folk tales & legends as they went from home to home to narrate the legend to educate & entertain the people.
An extremely long scroll of hand painted papers stitched together with several scenes from the Krishna Leela.
Read about the usage of such scrolls in this blog note here.
Has some damage from usage.
475 cm x 43.8 cm
Estimated to be from the late 1800s, early 1900s
Very few Cheriyal Scrolls have survived due the nature of their use.
Some that were collected in the colonial times have survived but very very few come up for commercial sale.
This is a rare opportunity to buy a antique work that is a palimpsest of art and culture.
Additional Photos available on request.
Extremely rare find