Gum tempera and gold on paper
Overall: 27.7 x 39.4 cm (10 7/8 x 15 1/2 in.); Painting: 23.5 x 34.7 cm (9 1/4 x 13 11/16 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.121
Vishnu and Indra have taken off their crowns for the meal; the crowns are being guarded on raised platforms in the background.
The women’s quarters of a palace occupy the right side of the composition. On the left, in the courtyard, gods, including the blue Vishnu, four-headed Brahma, Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Indra with eyes all over his body, and Shiva with snakes in his hair who sits with his minions, feast on food served on plates and bowls of leaves. The Pahari artist has depicted a local feast called Dhām prepared by hereditary Brahmin chefs in brass vessels in accordance with strict rules of purity.
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