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Bhima's Consultation with the Astrologer: Scene from the Nala-Damayanti Drawings

In the central pavilion, King Bhima, father of the beautiful Damayanti, receives favorable signs from his astrologers for the marriage of his daughter to her beloved, Nala. In the upper left corner, King Bhima tells the good news to his daughter, while messengers inform Nala in the upper right. Musicians and dancers already begin to celebrate.

This lyrical series depicts scenes from the extended romantic poem of the 1100s, based on an episode from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata.

Credit: Edward L. Whittemore Fund ...
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c. 1790-1800
Ink with slight color on paper
22.2 x 33.5cm
Image and text courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2022

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