This Gond tribal painting is one of a kind, hand painted by Suresh Durve, the Gond artist of Madhya Pradesh, India.
This Gond painting is a depiction of the Bhaisasur ceremonial mask. It depicts a ram, a symbol of strength, virility and wealth. The Gonds usually employ such masks, as the one represented in this painting, in their Karma dances. There are variations of the Karma dance and the festival is not put on by only the Gonds.
During the Gond festival, the mask so depicted is worn by male dancers who gambol around a tree. It is a fertility dance which is routinely done by some tribes at the beginning and end of the rainy season but most especially in August. The Gond people can, however, do the dance at any time.
The colors on this painting are made vibrant like the mask. The painting is also an accurate depiction even featuring the beard of the animal.
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