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The Jagannath trio - Krishna, Balabhadra (Balabhadra) and sister Subadhra. Awadh, circa 1830. Gouache and gold on wasli. 18.7 x 11.6cm

Apart from the famous Jagannath temple at Puri there were (and are) long-established temples around the former state of Awadh at Behta Buzurg and the village of Ankui near Bithoor.

Wasli is specially made for miniature paintings by bonding sheets of hand-made paper with wheat-glue then burnishing it smooth.

Ref: Awadh 160410-628

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