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Camel Painting

Monday, August 24th, 2009 | Author:

Indian art contains several gems within that did not get their due acclaim. Blame it on other prominent forms of art that were publicized in a better way but nevertheless if we try to find we will come across some true gems in the hinterland of India. One of the hidden and yet impressive forms of art is camel paintings. Surprisingly, camel paintings are in existence since ages. They have always been an integral part of desert cultures in places like Rajasthan. Even the far placed Ancient Samarqand has engraved camel paintings on its walls dating back to 4th century A.D. known as the “ship of the desert”, camel has greatly influenced artistic imagination of the painters in several places. Camels have remained extremely crucial in transferring goods and people through deserts. Camels were primary subject of artists in Ta’ifa monarchies and Umayyad caliphate.


Archeologists have found several places where engravings of camel riders were performed during ancient era. Camels were associated with aristocratic power and pursuits. Rajasthani artists have always relished creating beautiful art works based on camel theme. If we go to Marwar region in the state of Rajasthan, we will find miniature camel paintings. Some of them also include legendary lovers like Dhola-Maru. Camel paintings offer you a mesmerizing world of desert landscapes. They successfully manage to evoke images of arid deserts.


Camels represent tolerance and sustenance and the art works capture those elements beautifully. Rajput Paintings are famous exponents of camel themes. Many Rajputi paintings depict outdoors specially lovers riding camels. Many war scenes are also wonderfully depicted in these paintings. The materials used in these paintings were mainly mineral dyes and vegetables. The primary colors were blue and yellow.