Royal procession on Stamp paper
Before the invention of motorized vehicles, means of transportation were comparatively slow. The major ways of transportation were foot, camel, elephant, horse, ox-cart and palanquin. The royal processions moved with their armies and food supply. In the painting a royal procession is seen at the entrance of a fort. It also depicts major ways of land transportation along with army and attendant carrying food supply.
The painting is made on old, used, court’s stamp paper. These were used in princely states in present day Rajasthan. The papers used are mostly from Jaipur, Ajmer or Kota kingdom’s court. The state’s language used at that period of time was Urdu. This can also be found written on paper. The paper is darkened using tea water to enhance the grace. The painting done on this paper is new but the paper is old.
Miniature paintings are paintings painted on paper, silk, cotton, marble, wood, canvas, leather, glass and metals. Its uniqueness is one hair brush, which is used for filling the fine details in the painting.
About the Painting School
Kishangarh Miniature painting school
Every painting is associated with a school. Kishangarh Miniature paintings have Radha Krishna, elephants, camels and other animals as subject in paintings. It is most famous for Bani Thani, the Indian Mona Lisa. They have thick outlines.
About the Master Craftsman
This painting is painted by Artist Gopal Lal Sharma. He hails from Jaipur, the Pink City. He has been awarded by Government of Rajasthan for his contribution to traditional miniature painting. In Jaipur, he practices this art with his wife and other students.
- Artist Name: Karkhana