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Sudama

Painting
ca. 1775 - ca. 1790 (made)
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Place Of Origin

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Sudama returns to his home and is bewildered to find in place of it a golden palace, the gift of Krishna. A gate-keeper urges him to enter while courtiers and others watch the spectacle. Sudama's wife welcomes him at the entrance. Above the gate are a gallery of musicians. An elephant and a pair of horses await his orders. An illustration to a Krishna Sudama series, Bhagavata Purana.


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Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Brief Description
Painting, Sudama's palace, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Punjab Hills (Pahari), ca. 1775-1790
Physical Description
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Sudama returns to his home and is bewildered to find in place of it a golden palace, the gift of Krishna. A gate-keeper urges him to enter while courtiers and others watch the spectacle. Sudama's wife welcomes him at the entrance. Above the gate are a gallery of musicians. An elephant and a pair of horses await his orders. An illustration to a Krishna Sudama series, Bhagavata Purana.
Dimensions
  • Length: 185mm
  • Width: 265mm
  • With border length: 215mm
  • With border width: 295mm
Dark blue margins with white rules. Pink borders flecked with red.
Content description
Sudama returns to his home and is bewildered to find in place of it a golden palace, the gift of Krishna. A gate-keeper urges him to enter while courtiers and others watch the spectacle. Sudama's wife welcomes him at the entrance. Above the gate are a gallery of musicians. An elephant and a pair of horses await his orders. An illustration to a Krishna Sudama series, Bhagavata.
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Object history
Purchased from the Eric Dickinson collection in 1952.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceBhagavata Purana
Bibliographic Reference
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022p. 114, cat. no. 7 iv
Collection
Accession Number
IS.548-1952

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record createdJanuary 10, 2003
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