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On a palace terrace female attendants massage a young prince. Hyderabad, Deccan. Gouache and gold on card. Late 18th century. Folio 36 x 26.5cm; inner borders, image 19.4cm by 11.4cm

Seal of the famous early collector Dr WB Manley on reverse, sold with a painting from the same series in lot 142, Sotheby’s Oriental Miniatures and Manuscripts and Printed Books, The Property of Dr WB Manley. 14.07.1971. An important ragamala series formerly belonging to him and known as the 'Manley Ragamala' is held by the British Museum and is widely published.

Ref: 261007WBM2

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