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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Punjab Hills (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 - ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

Punjab Hills (made)


ca. 1775 - ca. 1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper


Length: 185 mm, Width: 265 mm, Length: 215 mm with border, Width: 295 mm with border

Object history note

Purchased from the Eric Dickinson collection in 1952.

Descriptive line

Painting, Sudama's palace, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Punjab Hills (Pahari), ca. 1775-1790

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

p. 114, cat. no. 7 iv
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: 0856670022


Gold; Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper



Subjects depicted

Elephant; Palace; Horses; Figures


Paintings; Religion; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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