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A jungle tribe with a distinct culture, the Saura are found in Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Saura art displays the glory of nature. Most paintings are based on a central concept known as the ‘Tree of Life’, whose branches are home to animals and humans, conveying the beautiful relationship between man and environment.
Saura paintings, called ikons, hold religious significance, and are usually made as a dedication to their deity, Idital. In traditional Saura art, the natural colours used are derived from sisal, neem and other herbs and flowers. Most artworks today also use acrylic paints and inks.
Saura art is sometimes confused with Warli art of Western India. There are, however, subtle differences between the two. Like Warli art, Saura also features characters in geometrical shapes, but the Saura forms are larger and more elongated. Further, Saura paintings use a fish-net approach, creating the border first, and then closing inwards on the motifs, unlike Warli. The physical differentiation between men and women, which is very prominent in Warli art, is not as noticeable in Saura art.
|Size:||11.5 x 16.5 inches|
|Medium:||Permanent Ink on Paper|
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