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Travelling entertainer

Accession Number
1964/2.113

Title
Travelling entertainer

Artist(s)
Indian

Artist Nationality
Indian (South Asian)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions
6 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in (16.2 cm x 12.4 cm);6 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in (16.2 cm x 12.4 cm);19 in x 14 in (48.3 cm x 35.5 cm);9 13/16 in x 7 5/8 in (25 cm x 19.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. George P. Bickford for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection

Subject matter
A scene showcasing the daily life of people located perhaps in a village or small town where entertainers such as this one would stop by and amuse with their talent.

Physical Description
An entertainer, shown larger in scale than everyone and everything else in the image, sits in the center of the composition. Tied to the strings he holds in his hand are two monkeys and a goat. The monkeys sit atop poles, and are entertaining the people around. The women hold bell-like objects on strings. Are these meant to be placed on the goat's neck? A white square is shown below the entertainer--probably representing a mattress. The sun's rays are shown in organe on the horizon, outlining the semi-circular brown mound framing the scene taking place in the foreground. Vegetation and greenery are shown on the left and right.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
modern and contemporary art
necklace
stools
traveler

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