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1076 SOLD Rare Old Cheriyal Painting Scroll - Krishna Leela - Indian Art

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Rare Antique Cheriyal Indian Narrative Scroll, Telangana, India

The subject is the Krishnayan or life of Krishna

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.

It is used as 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.

475 cm x 43.8 cm

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.

 Age unknown but estimated to be from the mid 1800s.

Acquired from a US auction house





This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.


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