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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 three panels, representing notional Santal clan occupations, as follows:
1. A Santal Chief on horseback, hunting,
2. A dog chasing a deer, and three standing men,
3. A priest (probably) and companion on an elephant.

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: 126.5 cm total length, Width: 39 cm total width, Length: 94.5 cm painting, Width: 21.5 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, Santal chief, priest, by Amanda Chitrakar, watercolour on paper with cloth support, Santhal, ca. 1920

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

Mildred Archer: Indian Popular Painting, pp. 31-32, 46-47, 50, 57-59, 62-63.
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1977
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

Equestrian; Dog; Horse; Priest; Deer; Ruler; Elephant


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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