A Pichhavai of Gopis
India, Deccan, 18th Century
On a red ground, depicting six gopis facing a flowering kadamba tree under a cloudy and sunlit sky with smaller deities driving chariots above and cowherders with grazing cows below, the gopis surrounded by fruiting trees bearing peacocks, squirrels and mangoes, bordered by a lotus pond below with swimming fish
72.5/8 x 65 in. (184.5 x 165 cm.)
The composition of the painting with its showering flowers and ripening fruit relates to Varsha, the monsoon season. For a similar pichhavai in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, see S. Welch, India: Art and Culture, 1985, cat. no. 223.