Mica painting showing Ganapati

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1850
  • Dimensions: H:10.4 cm, W: 6.4 cm
  • Medium: Gouache on mica
  • Region: Trichinapoly
  • Museum number: FAT.00068

Mica painting illustrating one of the forms of the elephant-god Ganapati or Ganesha from the Hindu pantheon.

Mica paintings emerged and flourished under the patronage of the British East India Company. They typically depicted the flora, fauna, landscapes, trades and occupations, festivals and ceremonies and historical monuments of the Indian subcontinent.

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