Page from a Dispersed Romance of Chandrabhanu and Lavanyavati
Ink and opaque watercolor on palm leaf
1 11/16 x 16 in. (4.3 x 40.6 cm)
Gift of Jeffrey Paley, 1974
Not on view
In India, palm leaves were utilized as book pages during the medieval period. By the fiftheenth century, paper had largely supplanted them. In Orissa, however, the ancient tradition continues to this day. Because of their perishability, early Orissan pages are rare.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Illustrated Manuscripts in India: Late 13th–early 17th Century," 2004.