Beautiful Bengali works go from Liverpool to Prescot for Telling Tales: Indian Story Scrolls

By Ben Miller | 24 February 2011
An image of a pattern from an Indian scroll in brown, yellow, white, red and grey showing fairytale figures
Exhibition: Telling Tales: Story Scrolls from India, Prescot Museum, Prescot, until April 17 2011

From Bengal to the banks of the Mersey, World Museum Liverpool’s recent continental commission has resulted in pieces of art as breathtaking as a trip down the Ganges.

A photo of a young woman in a museum holding a beautiful, intricate and multicoloured length of Indian scroll
World Museum Liverpool Head of Ethnology and Curator of Asia Collections Emma Martin keeps an eye on the scrolls
The patua community of West Bengal have made six beautiful scrolls for this vibrant show, heading out across the North-West in a tour which begins alongside equally colourful scrolls created by local schoolchildren in Prescot.

On the 19th century subcontinent, patua picture makers would flit from town to town, spreading news of local heroes and epic battles between good and evil through the scrolls.

These ones tell both ancient and contemporary tales, highlighting important issues such as AIDS, women’s rights, the war in Afghanistan and the impact of tsunamis.

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