Shiva and Parvati exchange tender glances as they exchange the small round datura nut. A snake winds around his neck and long locks as she demurely holds the edge of her veil. The only other versions of the composition known are in the Smithsonian Freer Museum/Sackler Gallery (accession no. S1986.468) and another from the Coomaraswamy Collection, illustrated in S. Lee, Rajput Painting
, New York, 1916, pl. LXIV. Our present drawing likely pre-dates these given its spontaneity and refinement.
An exceptionally rare Pahari drawing with unusually large scale figures executed in a highly confident hand.