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Folio from a Nala Damayanti series: King Nala and Damayanti seen in continuous narrative - top right Damayanti returns in a palanquin to king Bhima's palace, bottom-right Nala rides in a carriage to the palace renter the palace, bottom-middle Nala and Damayanti enter the palace, left Nala and Damayanti together in a palace chamber talk throughout the night, attended by servants. Bilaspur, circa 1760-70. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. Folio 18.9 x 28cm; image 16.4 x 26.3cm

The inscription to the reverse is: shubhag bicchaunan me diyo vaasaa - 'Upon the excellent/auspicious bed they rested'.

With thanks to the kindness of Tarun Pant

Provenance: private Canadian collector, acquired in 1950s-60s

Others from the same Nala Damayanti series:

Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills: A Survey and History of Pahari Miniature Painting, Archer WG, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London, 1973, Vol. 1: Text, pp.240-1; Vol.2 Plates, pp.184-187

Sotheby's: Fine Oriental Manuscripts, Miniatures and Qajar Lacquer, July 7th-8th 1980, lot 143

Sotheby's: Fine Oriental Miniatures, Manuscripts and Printed Books, April 28th-29th 1981, lot 163

Sotheby's: Fine Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, November 20th 1986, lot 143

Indian Miniatures, Francesca Galloway with Will Kwiatkowski, Francesca Galloway, London, 2005, Cat.33

Christie's: Indian and Southeast Asian Art Including Modern and Contemporary Indian Art, March 31st 2005, lot 233


Ref. code 000505


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Above: gilt detail reflecting light

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