Daily life in a village

Unknown1750 AD

National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi

It is an uncommon subject depicting scenes from daily life in a typical Indian village, like cooking, milking, churning, grinding, winnowing and cleaning the houses. One can see an old lady is busy with spinning wheel while two young ladies are shown with water vessels. Artist has depicted even the minute details of decorating the floor with alpana. There is an unusual scene painted in the foreground of the painting. A mahout with his elephant is shown entering in the village and suddenly enraged and attacked villagers, captured one of them and crushed him under his trunk. The mahout is trying his best to control the uncontrolled elephant but failed. The frighten villagers are running here and there.

This is a dated painting of the period of Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar 1735-51 and the picturization is nothing short of a bird eye view of a dawn of a Mewar village. Maharana also gave patronage to artists like his father Maharana Sangram Singh (1711- 1735).

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  • Title: Daily life in a village
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1750 AD
  • Location: Mewar, India
  • Physical Dimensions: w410 x h450 cm (without cover)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi
  • Style: Indian Paintings & Art
  • Place Part Of: India