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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Bengal (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abdullah (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Babhruvahana (Vabhru-vahana) descending to the nether regions to recover the gem guarded by snakes that will restore his father, Arjuna, to life. Illustration to the Razm Nama.

Place of Origin

Bengal (made)


ca. 1760 (made)


Abdullah (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'mashq-i 'abdulla 1025'
[artist's signature and date]
signed by Abdullah and dated AH 1025

undeciphered large text panel

Descriptive line

Painting, Razm Nama illustration, Vabhru-vahana overcoming serpents with arrows, by Abdullah, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal style in Bengal, ca. 1616

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p. 94, pl.61
STRONGE, Susan. Painting for the Mughal Emperor: The Art of the Book 1560 – 1660 London : V&A Publications, 2002. 192p, ill. ISBN 1 85177 358 4.


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Hero; Gem; Snakes


Paintings; Illustration; Myths & Legends; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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