A Raja Receives Homage Outside the City: Page from a Dispersed Manuscript
last quarter of the 17th century
India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur)
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
8 7/8 x 11 1/2 in. (22.5 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Weiner, 1975
Not on view
This page from an unidentified Hindu chronicle of a king depicts a mountain city with typical multistoried hill architecture atop abstract mounds strewn with clumps of flowers. Outside the gates on the right is a Saivite shrine with a lingum covered by floral offerings to which a goat is led, probably for sacrifice. At the left, courtiers pay their respects to the king under a pavilion. The flat treatment of space; the thin beige, green, and blue coloring; and the influence of seventeenth-century Moghul painting are characteristic of this series.