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Scroll painting

  • Place of origin:

    Santhal (Santhal Paganas, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chitrakar, Amanda (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper, with cloth support

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. John C. Irwin, 1978.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Scroll painting, watercolour on paper, with a cloth support, comprising twelve panels, which are comparable iconographically with IS.24-1978 and IS.29-1978. The paper bears a solar motif. The panels depict:
1. Two majestic figures flanking a female figure,
2. Garuda and Hanuman,
3. Two supplicants and a three-headed, goose-mounted god,
4. Four men with uplifted right arms,
5. Four men carrying vessels,
6. A bird sacrifice in a grove,
7. Two drummers and four dancing women,
8. Four men making music,
9. Three men, two of whom carry vessels,
10. A cow sacrifice,
11. A python-hunt,
12. A recumbent man and two women (one uncoloured).

Place of Origin

Santhal (Santhal Paganas, made)


ca. 1920 (made)


Chitrakar, Amanda (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper, with cloth support


Length: 283 cm total length, Width: 40.5 cm total width, Length: 256.5 cm painting, Width: 28.5 cm painting

Object history note

The scroll was originally collected by W.G. Archer. The Museum received the scroll as a gift from John C. Irwin in 1978.

Descriptive line

Scroll painting, hunters, dance, sacrifice, by Amanda Chitrakar, watercolour on paper with cloth support, Santhal, ca. 1920

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

Mildred Archer: Indian Popular Painting in the India Office Library, pp. 44-45
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
ISBN 0 11 580184 7
Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

This Santal scroll painting comes under the folk scroll category described as 'Jadupata' (magic scroll). The artist, Aminda Chitrakar came from village Kusunghata, Sapchala circle, Dumka subdivision, Santal Parganas district, Bihar.


Watercolour; Paint; Paper; Cloth



Subjects depicted

Musicians; Deities; Sacrifice; Vessels; Python


Paintings; Folk Art; Hinduism; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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