Decorative Wall Painting
Right from late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the British had begun to make friendship with the ruling houses of Rajasthan. In 1818, a treaty of alliance was signed between the British East Indian Company and Maharaja Surat Singh of Bikaner. Ever since then there have been increasing western cultural influences on the life-style of the house of Bikaner. Glass and cut-glass vases, lamps and writing table paraphernalia displayed here originate from this cultural exchange.Rangabaiji, Decorative Wall Painting (Usta Work)
Bikaner has an old tradition of ornate, floral wall and ceiling painting. The raised work with gold ornamentation is known as sunahari munnawati nakkashi and plain painting is described as rangabaiji. The scrolling creepers and floral work done on the walls of this private living room in in the latter idiom. Lime plaster is the most suitable surface for this work.