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From an astrological set of the nine planets personified: Mangala (Mars). Central India, circa first half 19th century. Opaque watercolour with silver and gold on wasli. 19.1 x 14.6cm
The inscription reads 'Bhauma', a less common name for Mangala, whose vahana (vehicle) is usually a ram but here a bull.
Thanks to Tarun Pant for kindly translating the inscription and providing information.
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Above: silver and gold detail reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm