The Imperial Scroll

Palm Leaf Etching, India
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This piece of art depicts Indian mythological events in panels geometrically arranged around the palm leaf. This art form is said to have originated at the same time the written word first originated. Artisans from Cuttack and Puri in Odisha uses styluses to first etch their artistic vision onto the leaf, and then pour ink over it to darken the lines and make them stand out.

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    Rows of same sized palm leaves are first arranged together and sewn. These neatly sewn palm leaves are then folded in such a way so as to make a pile. The paintings are first etched out, which means that the designs and images are neatly etched on the surface of the palm leaf using a sharp pen or stylus like object.Etching is done within lines using an iron pen on leaf strips.A paste made of bean leaves, charcoal made of burnt coconut shells, til oil and turmeric is rubbed on the etching that hi...

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    Dimensions(cm):
    Length: 72
    Width: 48
    Height: 4.8
    Weight(gm):140.0000
    Craft : Palm Leaf Etching
    Colour : Black, Beige
    Placement : Wall

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