Fish have played a significant symbolic part of various cultures and religions from centuries and have been a frequent subject in art reflecting their importance, be it mythological or astronomical.
This motive has been taken from Madhubani/Mithila painting.
Fish are a symbol of fertility and prosperity in Madhubani paintings. They symbolize wealth and abundance. The existence of fish means that all the elements of nature are in harmony, and hence there is prosperity.
The art originated in the region of Madhubani or Mithila in the Indian state of Bihar. It is now practiced across India.
These paintings are inspired by the painter’s surroundings and naturally, there are certain specifically attributed elements to it. There are lots of symbols in Madhubani paintings. Birds are often in these paintings, commonly associated with the tree of life, linked to divinity and attaining knowledge as well as spirituality. The turtle or tortoise is another symbol that is common and represents vitality and good luck. The sun being an eternal source of energy also has a special place in these paintings.
Although this illustration is in black, real Madhubani Paintings nowadays are bright and colourful. I am yet to test various colours in a reduction atmosphere, so for now I chose only black. However, I do have more forms in mind.
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