Raj Kumar Das (painting), Gaffar Workshop (rickshaw making)1994

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

In Asia, there are all kinds of excessively decorated vehicles, and the rickshaw of Bangladesh is one of such kind. As can be imagined by its name, rickshaw is actually derived from the Japanese jinrikisha. Japan's jinrikisha, which was a leading item for export in the Meiji Period, was exported not just to Asia but as far as Africa, where its form changed to suit each locality. Even today, in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, the town is crowded with gorgeously ornamented rickshaws. While the folk paintings of Bengal District constitute their groundwork, they more directly refer to posters and calendars and, all over the rickshaw, they paint scenes from rural and urban lifestyles, and even attractive images ranging from cute animals, mosques and women in prayer to political leaders as well as movie stars, in accordance with the customer's request.


  • Title: Rickshaw
  • Creator: Raj Kumar Das (painting), Gaffar Workshop (rickshaw making)
  • Date: 1994
  • Physical Dimensions: w238 x h185 x d110 cm
  • Type: Tricycle with enamel paint, vinyl, bamboo, tin, metal and photograph

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