Ritual Pot (Aihwat ki Patil)
Title Ritual Pot (Aihwat ki Patil)
Accession Number 78.239
Title2 Malin Pot
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Terracotta
Manufacturing Technique Terracotta, painted
Country India
Origin Place Darbhanga, Bihar
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Tribe Dushadh community
Dimensions Ht. 61 cms (approx.)
Brief Description This is a votive or ritual pot relating to the Raja Shailesh cult, made by the potters or kumhars of the Dushadh community in Darbhanga District of Bihar.
Detailed Description According to the myth of the Dushadh community, Raja Shailesh, a mythical hero ruled a kingdom which stretched across Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and Mithila. He is often depicted as an equestrian rider with an imposing scale and posture and is offered as a votive offering to a sanctuary created for him called salheshsthan. There are a variety of votive items associated with the legend of Raja Shailesh such as the Malin pot also called 'Aihwat- ki- Patil' comprising malins or flower girls. These terracotta artefacts are mostly made out of black and yellow clay and are painted using very bright colours. The other colourful painted vases from this area are referred to as chhatawala tariya and kirodhini having ritualistic significance in ceremonies like weddings.