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Scroll painting

  • Place of origin:

    Santhal (Santal Parganas, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chitrakar, Jitu (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in watercolour on paper, on a cloth support

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. John C. Irwin, 1978.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Scroll painting, this 'Jadupata' (magic scroll painting) comprises three panels representing notional Santal clan occupations,
1. A Santal chief on horseback hunting;
2. A dog chasing a deer,
3. Three bearded sepoys.

Black, pink and yellow are the main colours used.

Place of Origin

Santhal (Santal Parganas, made)


ca. 1920 (made)


Chitrakar, Jitu (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper, on a cloth support


Length: 114 cm total length, Width: 36 cm total width

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 clan occupations, by Jitu 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 Ofice Library, pp. 45-46, pls. 2, 8-11
Lodon: 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 folk scroll category described as 'Jadupata' (magic scroll). The artist Jitu Chitrakar came from village Choto Chapuria, Tesaria circle, Dumka Subdivision, Santal Parganas district, Bihar.


Paper; Cloth; Paint; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Equestrian; Ruler; Dog; Soldiers


Paintings; Folk Art; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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