A lord (nayika) sits with his knees bound interrupted from meditation by the appearance of the sakhi (confidante) of his beloved - delivering a message. His chamber a brilliant cinnabar red reflecting the emotional intensity of the encounter - a rolled back curtain reveals them at conversation. He listens intently as she delivers her message. A handmaiden stands outside the chamber - attentive - holding a golden tray. Within very finely delineated white-marble turreted architecture - the flat primary colors of the adjoining compartments creating an abstracted visual counterpoint. The dark sky is blue-black and in turmoil. The painting with orange outer borders with black ruled lines.
Abrasions with age-related toning and paint flaking notably in the white architectural passages and upper sky areas and extremities of image. Some old vertical creases flattened. Rubbing to the red outer borders. Verso: Age-related toning with minor stains and old reinforced areas. Conservation framed.
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