This is a traditional Pattachitra painting of Durga - the godess of Strength or Shakti spearing the demon Mahishasura below herÂ engraved on palm leaf!Â Durga is drawn with a very symmetrical body with ten arms. This painting is made by fine line drawings etched with a stylus on rectangular strips of palm leaves that are delicately strung together.Â Â A beautiful border and corner design add to the final finish and frame of this piece.Â
Dating back to the 12th century AD, this art form was traditionally made on fabric or leaves while the colors were extracted from natural stones, conches and lamp soot. The motifs are typically mythological in nature with emotive facial expressions and were originally used as offerings to the Lord Jagganath.
The painting is done by Praksash Kumar Maharana,Â a veteran Pattachitra artist of Odisha State.