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Painted Prayers: Women's Art in Village India

Huyler, Stephen P.

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ISBN 10: 0847818098 / ISBN 13: 9780847818099
Published by Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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101 pages. Small rip on dust jacket rear spine. Black cloth covers with stamped lettering. Color photographs throughout, clean tight binding. Record # 408664. Bookseller Inventory # 408664

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Title: Painted Prayers: Women's Art in Village ...

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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For hundreds of years, Indian women have passed to their daughters the knowledge of the ritual wall and ground paintings and decorations of the home that function as messages to the deities for the health and well-being of Indian families. Some ground paintings are daily rituals, made every morning at dawn, while wall paintings and mud bas-reliefs are often made for special festivals to honor the deities and attract their benevolent attentions. It is the women of India who are responsible for communication with the gods on behalf of their families, governing the activities of family members, and maintaining the sanctity and order of the home.
Painted Prayers is a fascinating account of the centuries-old artistic traditions of women in village India, set forth in 170 full-color photographs that evoke the women's rich artistic heritage, and the pride and pleasure with which they regard their creative responsibilities. The knowledgeable text details the traditions, rituals, and beliefs behind this little-known art form and places this art in the context of contemporary Indian women's lives and the social realities of India today.
This book is a splendid gallery of this diverse aspect of Indian art and a pictorial tour of the India travelers rarely see. Designs vary between the representational and the purely graphic: painted and sculpted images such as mounds of rice are drawn from local iconography, while elephants, peacocks and lotus blooms are symbols of the deities. Colors ranging from earth tones to reds, blues, yellow, green, and white make the designs stand out from the mud-covered walls and dusty streets, a vibrant testament to centuries of Indian women's artistic voices.

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Stephen P. Huyler is an art historian, ethnologist, writer, and photographer who has spent his life studying India's folk art.

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