Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
Antique banner with Balinese painting of Ramayan
Ravan, Ram and Sita along with other characters from the Hindu epic feature in this painted
Extravagant details present on the costumes of all the people.
The cloth is old and handspun yarn was used.
Fading of the painting.
Estimated to be from the early / mid 1800s
13” x 111” (33 x 282 cm)
The red paint used is most likely an expensive mineral pigment made by grinding and filtering crude cinnabar. The use of this pigment diminished in the mid-1800s after imported chemical pigment became popular.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.