Painted textile

first half of the 20th century

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

The heroic adventures of Prabuji, a local folk hero, unfold on this textile. In a temple setting, a balladeer would sing and recite these adventures as the cloth was slowly displayed, episode by episode, rather like a movie. Performances of stories told on a painted cloth like this one are a popular form of entertainment in Rajasthan even today.

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  • Title: Painted textile
  • Date Created: first half of the 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 228 x 48 in. (5 m 79.121 cm x 121.9 cm)
  • Type: Textiles
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5324023/
  • Medium: Oil on cloth
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Rupa Dutia in memory of Haridas Swali