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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Singh Shyam, Jangarh, born 1964 - died 2001
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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Madhya Pradesh (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Singh Shyam, Jangarh, born 1964 - died 2001 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn in pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.37-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 mongoose entwined with a snake, shown against a background of black feathery lines. The overall effect is that of dynamic movement, enhanced by the spiralling figure of the snake and the outward concentric lines. In this case he has not used traditional materials but used a cheap pen to depict a very elaborate design.

Physical description

Drawing in black pen on white paper of a mongoose entwined with a snake, shown against a background of black feathery lines.

Place of Origin

Madhya Pradesh (made)

Date

1989 (made)

Artist/maker

Singh Shyam, Jangarh, born 1964 - died 2001 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn in pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated in Hindi on lower right.

Dimensions

Height: 35.7 cm, Width: 28.2 cm, Height: 56.2 cm with mount, Width: 35.5 cm with mount

Object history note

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 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 exhibition at one of the folk art and craft museums in India, either at the Arts and Crafts Museum in New Delhi or the Bharat Bhavan Tribal Arts Museum, Bhopal. Jangarh died in July 2001.

Descriptive line

Drawing, mongoose and snake, by Jangarh Singh Shyam, drawing in pen, Madhya Pradesh, India, 1989

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jain, Jyotindra (1998) "Other Masters: Five Contemporary Folk and Tribal Artists of India": Crafts Museum, New Delhi, p16-33.

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Painted

Subjects depicted

Mongoose; Snake

Categories

Drawings; Paintings; Animals and Wildlife; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Production Type

unique

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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