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Folio from a Mahimna stotra, a popular poem in praise of the greatness of Shiva by Pushpadanata Acharya. A Shaivaite ascetic prapares a fire scarifice for the benefit of Krishna and Balarama , both of whose foreheads have Shaivite tilak marks giving emphasis th the latter's supremacy amongst the gods. Kangra kalam (lit. 'pen') at Lahore, 1855.* Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 24 x 32.9cm
*A colophon informs the 30 paintings comprising the series was painted at Lahore in 1855.
Above: gilt detail reflecting light
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