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Scroll painting

  • Place of origin:

    Santhal (Santhal Paganas, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 - ca. 1940 (made)

  • Artist/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 six panels. The scenes are:
1. The Tigers' God: a trousered Muslim man riding a tiger (shown however, with a leopard's spots) and holding a rosary,
2. Two Muslim worshippers at the shrine of the tigers' god,
3 to 6. Scenes at a fair, four seated figures, four people eating, men drumming and women dancing, two figures on a type of merry-go-round.

Place of Origin

Santhal (Santhal Paganas, made)


ca. 1930 - ca. 1940 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in watercolour on paper, with cloth support


Length: 147.5 cm total length, Width: 33 cm total width, Length: 145 cm excluding wooden battons at ends, Width: 32.5 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, the Tigers' God, fair, watercolour on paper with cloth support, Santhal, ca. 1930-1940

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

Mildred Archer: Indian Popular Painting in the India Office Library, pp. 22-23 and 27, pls. A, 1, 2, 3 6 and 7
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). It was painted by an unknown 'Jadupatua' (magic scroll artist) who came from Santal Parganas district, Bihar. The top panel depicts 'Satya Pir' or the tiger's god. The figure carries a rosary but not any staff or 'asa danda'.


Watercolour; Paint; Paper; Cloth



Subjects depicted

Tiger; Deity; Fair; Worshippers; Shrine


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


South & South East Asia Collection

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