Ganga Devi

Published February 23, 2010 by Molly

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Let’s take a micro-journey to antiquity and learn about the art form known as Madhubani, shall we?

Madhubani paintings are a traditional Indian form that possibly originated at the time of the Ramayana (”madhubani” means “forests of honey”). Visually speaking, the paintings are composed of two-dimensional images painted with plant-derived pigments, and they often depict Hindu religious themes, although not always (animals and geometric abstractions also figure in).

For examples of the form, look no further than A Journey Round My Skull, a blog in which Will has compiled, among myriad other items, a solid compilation of Madhubani paintings by Ganga Devi. Most of the images are available only in hard-to-find books or at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, so this might be your only chance to check them out. Luckily, Will is a master scanner. The images are best when viewed up close, so click away.

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