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Celestial Dancers, folio 146 (verso) from the “Devasano Pada Bhandar” Kalpa-sutra

Celestial Dancers, folio 146 (verso) from the “Devasano Pada Bhandar” Kalpa-sutra

c. 1475

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Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper

Sheet: 11.2 x 26 cm (4 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.); Matted: 38.1 x 50.8 cm (15 x 20 in.)

On Loan from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 18.2014.b

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This page is from one of the most lavishly illuminated manuscripts, named after the temple library in Ahmedabad, India, that holds the largest number of pages. The female figures in the margins represent music and dance that are part of a suite of adornments fitting for a sacred text.

During the early 1400s, artists in western India became increasingly exposed to art from Western Asia and Iran, from which they learned techniques of painting in gold and creating symmetrical interlocking border designs and arabesque motifs.

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