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Drawing

1989 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jangarh was a 'Gond' tribal (a tribal community located in central India). He has been recognised as one of the most talented Indian artists of contemporary tribal art, that orginated from a rural, non urban background. In 1986 he received the 'Shikhar Samman' one of the highest artistic awards from the Indian government in recognition of his artistic contribution. This composition was produced by the artist in the latter stage of his career, possibly for an Indian gallery or for an exhibition at one of the folk art and craft museums in India, either the Arts and Crafts Museum in New Delhi, or the Bharat Bhavan Tribal Museum in Bhopal. Jangarh died in July 2001.

The artist has used a black pen to depict a scorpion curled up in what appears to be a small nest with foliage. In this case he has not used traditional materials but used a cheap pen to depict a very detailed design.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Drawn in ink on paper
Brief Description
Drawing, scorpion, by Jangarh Singh Shyam, ink on paper, Madhya Pradesh, India, 1989
Physical Description
A black line drawing, in ink on white paper, of a scorpion with white markings on its body, showing twelve open claws against a feathery, lined background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.2cm
  • Width: 22.6cm
  • With mount height: 56cm
  • With mount width: 35.5cm
Content description
A scorpion with white markings on its body, showing twelve open claws against a feathery, lined background.
Style
Production typeunique
Marks and Inscriptions
Signed and dated in Hindi on lower right.
Object history
This drawing by the artist Jangah Singh Shyam is one of a set of five bird and animal images depicting the natural world of Gond tribal beliefs.



Historical significance: Jangarh Singh Shyam has been recognised as one of the most talented Indian artists of contemporary tribal art, that orginated from a rural, non urban background. In 1986 he received the 'Shikhar Samman' one of the highest artistic awards from the Indian government in recognition of his artistic contribution. This composition was produced by the artist in the latter stage of his career, possibly for an Indian gallery or an exhibition at one of the folk art and craft museums in India. Jangarh died in July 2001.
Subject depicted
Summary
Jangarh was a 'Gond' tribal (a tribal community located in central India). He has been recognised as one of the most talented Indian artists of contemporary tribal art, that orginated from a rural, non urban background. In 1986 he received the 'Shikhar Samman' one of the highest artistic awards from the Indian government in recognition of his artistic contribution. This composition was produced by the artist in the latter stage of his career, possibly for an Indian gallery or for an exhibition at one of the folk art and craft museums in India, either the Arts and Crafts Museum in New Delhi, or the Bharat Bhavan Tribal Museum in Bhopal. Jangarh died in July 2001.



The artist has used a black pen to depict a scorpion curled up in what appears to be a small nest with foliage. In this case he has not used traditional materials but used a cheap pen to depict a very detailed design.
Bibliographic Reference
Jain, Jyotindra (1998) "Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk and Tribal Artists of India" Crafts Museum, New Delhi. p16-33.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.36-1993

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record createdAugust 9, 2001
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