I was incredulous when I saw these for the first time!\nWhy would anyone create a work of art on something so fragile?\nIt seems that paper was more expensive than mica in the late 1800s and so mica was a popular alternative.\nAs is to be expected, many have not survived time.\nAn example of a highly damaged piece where not only is the mica base chipped, but even the pain layers have chipped off.\nIt appears from the little research that I have done, that in majority the mica paintings, the subject is \u2018Indian tradesmen\u2019 or Indian costumes\u2019. These come in sets with each individual painting depicting a particular identity. (Roughly 5 inches tall)\n\nBut there are a few others that depict scenes. These are larger and rare. Following are some from the Wovensouls Collection:\n1. A wedding procession\n\n2. Scene of Procession of Jagannath Yatra at Puri\n\n3. Scene of Johar or maybe Sati after a Battle\n\nThe fort in the background, the soldiers with their shields, the multiple battle-deaths as can be seen by another funeral procession coming towards the cremation ground \u2026 all bring off an insight into the custom that was prevalent in several parts of the country in the mid-1800s.\nThe paintings above are by the same painter and ones below by another.\n4. A Court Scene\n\n(Note the carpet & clothing detail!)\n5. Scene depicting a royal elephant being trained\n\nThese are a pleasure to view and study as the details contained within each scene provide a glimpse into the culture that prevailed in the late 1800s when these were created.\nOne more enticing category of traditional art to keep us captivated and stimulated for awhile!!\njm\nFeb 2014\n#johar #padmavat #padmavati\nThe post Antique Paintings on Mica appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.