Art: Ponies, Peacocks & Pilgrims

One of the least-known bodies of primitive art is that produced in the villages and aboriginal settlements of India. It has remained unknown primarily because educated Indians long placed a low value on it. Recently, a resurgence of pride in the nation's heritage has led to a rediscovery of Indian folk art. How rich a tradition it has is shown in an exhibit of 470 masks, statues, weavings, paintings and puppets now touring the U.S. (see color page). Organized by the U.S.'s Stella Kramrisch for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the show is currently at San Francisco's De Young Memorial Museum.

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