Kalarte Gallery: India

Tasser (paintings on silk)
from Orissa

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Painting on silk in Orissa developed from the tradition of pata-chitra painting. (PDF)

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All pictures unframed unless otherwise indicated.
Dimensions are approximate.


This first set of tasser paintings consist of scrolls. They are oriented horizontally, with a wooden dowel and a string and tassel at either end. The paintings include both religious themes and village scenes.

Krishna kaliya dalana

Tasser (painting on silk) scroll
Puri, Orissa
ca. 30" x 18"

$60.00
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Krishna kaliya dalana.(Krishna subduing the serpent Kaliya.) Krishna dances on the heads of the serpent (view close-up) while the serpent's wives beg to Lord to spare their husband (view close-up).
Kanchi avijana

Tasser (painting on silk) scroll
Puri, Orissa
ca. 32" x 20"

$60.00
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Kanchi avijana (Journey to Kanchi). In answer to the prayers of the king of Puri for assistance in his war against the king of Kanchi, the god Jagannath (in black on the white horse) and his brother Balabhadra (in white on the black horse) ride in battle to Kanchi. Along the way, they receive a drink from a milkmaid (view close-up).

This second set of tasser paintings consists of paintings on 14" x 18" pieces of silk.

Framed or unframed as indicated. Silk set on matte board, framed in a black metal frame, placed under glass with a spacer to separate the silk from the glass.

Varaha avatar

Tasser (painting on silk)
Raghurajpur, Orissa
ca. 14" x 18"

$58.00 framed in black metal frame
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Varaha avatar. (Vishnu in his boar incarnation.)

View close-up.

Gaja Lakshmi Tasser (painting on silk)
Raghurajpur, Orissa
ca. 14" x 18"

$58.00 framed in black metal frame
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Gaja Lakshmi. (Goddess Lakshmi seated on a lotus; two elephants pouring oblations upon her.)

View close-up.

Krishna and Radha Tasser (painting on silk)
Raghurajpur, Orissa
ca. 14" x 18"

$34.00 unframed
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Krishna and Radha.

View close-up.

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