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Scroll painting, Oil Trade Center (sic)
FA.2002.34.51
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is an interesting example of how traditional art forms reflect change and contemporary times. The image shown is the first panel of five in the scroll.

History of the Object
This particular painting was created post 9-11. It is about the American tragedy that occured on September 11, 2001; the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, in NY. The painting was acquired for the Museum of International Folk Art and exhibited in the exhibition, "Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls of West Bengal."

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Paper, paint, cotton 
Measurements
274 cm x 56 cm 
Creator name
Manu Chitrakar 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Naya, West Bengal, India 
Geography
india 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century; 2001 or 2002 
Function
Scroll paintings (pat or patas) of West Bengal, India function to tell narrative stories. The stories are told in song, which the artists (patua) compose, as she or he unrolls the scroll, one panel at a time. Stories may be sacred (such as those about the gods and goddesses) or secular (such as those about folk tales or stories that convey current events or information about social issues or social services). 
Acquisition
The Museum of International Folk Art aquired this painting as part of a larger collection with funds from the International Folk Art Foundation. The paintings were purchased specifically for the Museum's 2006 exhibition, "Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal." Guest Curator (and former Curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Art at the Museum of International Folk Art), Frank Korom purchased the collection for the Museum in Naya, West Bengal, where he conducted his field research. 
Copyright
Museum of International Folk Art, International Folk Art Foundation Collection (FA.2002.34.51). 
Acknowledgements
The paintings were purchased specifically for the Museum's 2006 exhibition, "Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal," with funds from the International Folk Art Foundation. Guest Curator (and former Curator of Asian and Middle Eastern Art at the Museum of International Folk Art), Frank Korom purchased the collection for the Museum in Naya, West Bengal, where he conducted his field research. 
Owner
International Folk Art Foundation 
Museum
Museum of International Folk Art 
Credit line
Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection. 

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