Ajit Ghose, Calcutta to 1930 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Ajit Ghose, Calcutta in 1930 
 Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
This drawing is one of a series that illustrates the love story of the heroic Nala and the beautiful Damayanti, a tale that forms part of the renowned Hindu epic, the Mahabharata (Great story of the Bharatas). Using the convention of continuous narrative that was popular at many Rajput courts, the artist has portrayed Damayanti three times as she prepares for her wedding. At the very center a group of attendants bathe Damayanti; at the upper left she is being dressed and adorned by her companions; at the lower right she is led out to the marriage ceremonies.
- Published References
- Dr. Esin Atil. The Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran and India. Exh. cat. Washington, 1978. cat. 78, pp. 132-134.
- Alvan Clark Eastman. The Nala-Damayanti Drawings: A Study of a Portfolio of Drawings made for Raja Samsar Cand of Kangra (1774-1823), Illustrating an Early Indian Romance
. Boston. pl. 6.
- Masters of Indian Painting. Exh. cat. Zurich. pp. 687-718.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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