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Folio from a Devi Mahatmya: asura king Sumbha hearing the advice of asuras Chanda and Munda. Bikaner, circa 1780. Opaque watercolour with gold and silver on wasli. 20.6 x 14cm
In this episode of the Devi Mahatmya the king of the asuras (demons) is persuaded that his not personally owning the beautiful devi is amiss, accordingly an asura will take to her a message demanding that she be his.
I would like to express my thanks to Tarun Pant for kindly translating the text and further information.
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