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A court scene from a Nala-Damayantī series

December 31, 1799
Cleveland Art
Shah Alam II 1759–1806

A court scene from a Nala-Damayantī series



A court scene from a Nala-Damayantī series Himachal Pradesh, India, ca. 1800-1825 Description: 1 single leaf : paper, ill. ; 297 x 399 mm. Folio Records: Related Records FULL TITLE AUTHOR/CREATOR DATES Recto, A court scene: miniature. Pierpont Morgan Library. Manuscript. M.1017. 1795-1830 Credit: Gift; Paul F. Walter; 1979. Genres: Illuminated manuscripts--India--Himachal Pradesh--19th century. Miniatures (Illuminations)--India--Himachal Pradesh--19th century. Paper. Single leaves. Notes: Ms. Basohli School or Chamba School miniature; illuminated in Himachal Pradesh, ca. 1800-1825. "The story of Nala and Damayantī is one of the most poignant secondary tales of the Mahābhārata. Around 1150, this story became the subject of a makākāvya ... by Śrīarṣa, known as Naiṣadhacarita"--Cf. Schmitz. "Another leaf from this manuscript is in the Brooklyn Museum"--Cf. Schmitz. Miniature measures 248 x 354 mm. Provenance: Paul F. Walter. Associated Names:Śrīharṣa, 12th cent. Naiṣadhīyacarita. Walter, Paul F., former owner. Formatted Place:India--Himachal Pradesh. Cite as: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.1017. Publications on: Islamic and Indian manuscripts and paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Barbara Schmitz. New York: The Library, 1997, no. 61.35, p. 218-219; figure 282. Subjects: 1795-1830. Dept./Collection: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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Very good information.


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