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Gum tempera, ink, and gold on paper
Overall: 20.3 x 14 cm (8 x 5 1/2 in.); Painting only: 9.3 x 10 cm (3 11/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. A. Dean Perry 1962.279.47.b
The advanced age of the old man is signaled by his black and white beard.
A destitute Brahman peers into an open pit. At the bottom, he sees a beautiful woman and her elderly lover, who has stoked the fire beneath the cauldron for nearly eighty years. She gives the Brahman two gold bracelets, which he holds in each hand. The pit is represented in cross-section, allowing the viewers to see the action inside.
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