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Entwined Male and Female Cobras (Sarpabandha)

Entwined Male and Female Cobras (Sarpabandha)

Entwined Male and Female Cobras (Sarpabandha)

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Madhubani Painting on Hand Made Paper
Artist Bua Devi. National Award Winner

5.0 ft x 1.5 ft
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Mithila is one of those historic seats of Indian culture where ancient ritual practices have survived unhindered for centuries. These ritual-bound traditions of floor and wall paintings by women were still prevalent when paper was introduced into Mithila.

The main theme of the Mithila artists remain the ritual motifs, magical symbols and iconography connected with the kohbar-ghar. This symbol of entwined male and female cobras is representative of the union of the bride and the groom. There are various modes of representation of this motif which often adopt the forms of geometric diagrams. This 'Sarpabandha' or the diagrammatic composition of entwined snakes is painted in bold yellow, red and black. The two snakes twist and turn and the entire width of the painting consists of the twirling supine bodies of the male and the female reptiles. The bold, black outlines provide prominence to these snakes. In the centre above, the two heads meet, painted in flat red colour. In the centre below, the tails go in opposite directions. to provide distinction between the male and the female snakes, the head of one of them is narrower than the other, and their bodies are symmetrically and harmoniously intertwined.

The bright colours of the snake bodies rest on a toned down henna green colour running in waves. Energy and passion find expression through the use of red and yellow as monochrome crashes over large surface of the painting.

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