In\u00a0 South Indian Paintings\u00a0 \u2013 A catalogue of the British Museum collection, A. L. Dallaiccola notes\u00a0 \u201cAlthough in the past the majority of Indian people might have been illiterate, they were not uneducated. They were taught the principles ruling their religious and social life through the recitation of stories drawn from the epics, the puranas and other religious texts\u2026 In the past, the retelling of these stories provided the education of the unlettered, and the discourses were accompanied by visual aids: scrolls, painted cloth hangings, sets of paintings, and wooden boxes with folding, concertina-like doors painted with scenes from the \u2018career\u2019 of a deity, such as the portable shrine from Tirupati that is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford\u2026 The earliest known reference to the picture showmen is found in Patanjali\u2018s Mahabhashya (2nd century BC). Commenting on the passage on the historic present in Panini\u2018s grammar, the Ashtadhyayi (c. 5th century BC), Patanjali takes as an example some picture showmen who are discussing the killing of Kamsa at the hands of Krishna\u2026 There is also a specific mention of a picture showing Kamsa being dragged by the hair and beaten by Krishna. Numerous references to picture showmen and painted scrolls occur in literary sources.\u201d\nIn Telangana the artists were called Nakashis (a word from urdu) and the singing wandering minstrels were the Mandhets. As Cheriyal is the village of origin of such artists, this style of scroll painting that supported the oral traditions of Telangana came to be known as Cheriyal Paintings.\nHere is a rare Cheriyal Scroll from the late 1800s / early 1900s that we had the good fortune to acquire awhile ago.\n\n\u00a0\nThe subject of this scroll that is almost 5 m long is the Krishna Leela.\nSee more here:\u00a0 Link to the WOVENSOULS STORE\n\u00a0\nMay 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nSave\nSave\nThe post Antique Cheriyal Painted Scroll \u2013 Art for Oral Traditions appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.