79/4707 Oriental art Pabuji Ki Phad Pabuji of the painted scroll
79/4707 [Oriental art]. Pabuji Ki Phad (Pabuji of the painted scroll). Cotton(?) woven tapestry, Rajasthan, late 19th cent., 134x493 cm., attached to simple hinging wooden frame.

- Some restorations (several sections have been reattached to each other); sl. worn along lower margin.

= "Pabuji ki phad is traditionally rendered on a red textile that bears the principal characters, the figures of Pabuji and Devanarayanji - a reincarnation of Vishnu. The bhopas would commission Chiteros (painters), members of the Chhipa caste, to create the phads to use in their performances. The phad used to be very large with the paintings of Pabuji being 13 arm-lengths long and Devnarayanjis being 30 feet long. They were painted using hand-woven coarse cotton cloth, which would be soaked overnight to thicken the threads. It was then starched with rice or wheat flour and then dried. The surface would be rubbed with moonstone for smoothening. The processing and painting both use only natural goods (...)" (https://mapacademy.io/article/pabuji-ki-phad/). Impressive tapestry, brimfull of diverse scenes showing i.a. a tiger hunt, several parades around the margins; numerous horseriding men etc. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LX.

€ (700-900)