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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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The Mirror as Frame

The Mirror as Frame

Time and Narrative in the Folk Art of Bengal

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Wording the World

Roma Chatterji

Fordham University Press

Inspired by Das’s essay on the paintings of Akhbar Padamsee, this chapter explores the use of the mirror motif as a framing device by folk artists in Bengal. Das uses the paired terms bimb-pratibimb or the ‘image and its reflection’ from Indian poetics give voice to the image – to allow it to communicate with itself as it were. In the conventional understanding of the ‘frame’ it serves as a limit, creating a spatial field within which the image can be displayed and then effaces itself. The mirror as a framing device within the picture seems to do the opposite. It multiplies the perspectives from which the image is viewed thereby drawing attention to the frame itself.

Keywords:   Image and its reflection, Frame, Mirror, Folk art

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