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Kurmi Khovar

The Kurmi Khovar of Jorakath is made for the marriage and the houses are decorated in the middle of the village, and subsequently again during the harvest. The ground is prepared by covering the earth walls with the black kali-mati and before it is fully dry over it a coat of the greyish-yellow earth of this region also called “pila-mati”. Then they cut with pieces of comb large animal forms which are unique in that they are almost exclusively wild animals forms such as elephant, tiger, deer. They also have a wide repertoire of wild forest birds like the peacock, moorhen, egrets, jungle-fowl. The most striking attributes of this particular art is the X-ray forms in which young animals are shown inside their mother, animals with holes in them typical of rock paintings, and man-animal conflict such as tiger attaching man etc.

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