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The Month of Bhadon (August-September), c. 1750

India: Rajasthan, Bundi or Uniara Workshop, 1725-1775
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
image: 9-3/8 x 6-3/8 in. (23.8 x 16.2 cm); sheet: 9-1/2 x 6-5/8 in. (24.1 x 16.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor in honor of Pratapaditya Pal
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

A major literary theme in the Indian painting tradition is the representation of the seasons and their emotional connotations. The month of Bhadon (August–September) occurs during monsoon season and is therefore a time for lovers not to be parted, but to remain together safely indoors. In this painting,
lions and elephants run amok, peacocks cower in the bushes and rain sheets down from the darkened night sky. Observing all of this is a couple, gazing at one another with love and affection from their protected balcony.

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