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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Arjuna embraces asceticism for a year
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LOT SOLD. 39,000 USD
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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Arjuna embraces asceticism for a year
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 39,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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An illustration from the Mahabharata: Arjuna embraces asceticism for a year

The illustration employs a continuous narrative scheme and depicts Arjuna paying obeisance to his elder brother Yudhisthir seated on a horse on the left, followed by the next scene in the sequence on the right, where Arjuna is shown seated with an ascetic who has just helped him discard his armor.


Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper


image 13 1/2 by 17 5/8 in. (34.3 by 44.7 cm.)
folio 15 1/2 by 20 in. (39.4 by 50.8 cm.) unframed
circa 1840
India, Kangra
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Catalogue Note

The episode possibly belongs to the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata where Arjuna embraces asceticism for a year to atone for erroneously entering the private chambers of Draupadi, the common wife of the five Pandava brothers, while she was with his eldest brother Yudhisthir.

We would like to thank Mrs. Alka Bagri for her assistance with the identification of this scene.

Indian Art Including Miniatures & Modern Indian Paintings

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