Mithila Art

These paintings are rooted in traditions which Maithil women have passed down through generations. On special occasion of marriage or for festivals such as Deepawali, Maithil women paint lively designs on the mud walls of their houses. During Deepawali, in order to attract Laxmi the goddess of wealth, they paint designs of elephants and peacocks which symbolizes prosperity. Other popular animals and bird images are that of tigers, birds, fish and other domesticated animals. All the paintings depicts their life experiences, traditions and their belief systems. They are native to Southern part of Nepal and Northern part of India.

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