International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part G (2016)
Painted wooden covers of early Indian manuscripts: A significant part of Indian painting
Painting started with the birth of man. Till 7th century, art in India flourished in the form of monuments, temples and wall paintings. Then there was a sudden transition in art and it donned miniature form. The miniature paintings initially emerged in eastern India. These miniature paintings were use to prepared with Palmyra or palm leaves which were very small in size. These paintings were set in the format of 22” by 2.5”. But only 2.5” by 3” of space was left for painting. The Artists were not supposed to paint the manuscripts according to their free will but they had full liberty to paint the wooden covers as per their whims and fancies. As a result many a time the wooden covers turns out to be better piece of art than the manuscripts bound inside. Painted book covers not only quench our curiosity about Indian art but they also acquaint us with the shapes of paintings which were executed on a wider scale on wall and cloth. There significance cannot be ignored because wooden covers have made a gigantic contribution in the development and spread of art and religion. These wooden covers sometimes used to be more meritorious than the paintings preserved inside.
How to cite this article:
Rimpy Agarwal. Painted wooden covers of early Indian manuscripts: A significant part of Indian painting. Int J Appl Res 2016;2(2):426-428.