Mar 19, 2014

Bhima's Consultation with the Astrologer: Scene from the Nala-Damayanti Drawings

Bhima's Consultation with the Astrologer: Scene from the Nala-Damayanti Drawings

c. 1790–1800

Ink with slight color on paper

Overall: 22.2 x 33.5 cm (8 3/4 x 13 3/16 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1936.684

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In the central pavilion, King Bhima, father of the beautiful Damayanti, receives favorable signs from his astrologers for the marriage of his daughter to her beloved, Nala. In the upper left corner, King Bhima tells the good news to his daughter, while messengers inform Nala in the upper right. Musicians and dancers already begin to celebrate.

This lyrical series depicts scenes from the extended romantic poem of the 1100s, based on an episode from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata.

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