Palm leaf engraving, also known as Talapatra Chitra or Chitrapothi is one of the most ancient craft works from Odisha, India. The craft of palm leaf manuscript dates back to the medieval period. Messages and manuscripts were written on the palm leaf to be disseminated. Gradually the trend to decorate the text with images began, and it became an art in itself. Colours are generally muted and have a minor role to play. The themes used are mythological, spiritual and erotic.
State Museum of Odisha at Bhubaneswar houses 40,000 palm leaf manuscripts, most of them are written in the Odia script and the oldest manuscript their belongs to the 14th century.
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