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Four pages from a Mahabharatha series
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Four pages from a Mahabharatha series

INDIA, RAJASTHAN, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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Four pages from a Mahabharatha series
India, Rajasthan, late 18th century
The first with the blind king Dhritarashta and his wife Gandhari in his lap, lying on a low bed and visited by Krishna; the second with Dhritarashta in discourse with his advisor, Vyasa; the third with a king gesturing to a bird atop the pavilion against the dusky sky, a child in the swing watched over by a maid; and the last with a man holding scales and with several birds perched on him seated before an ascetic
Each 11 x 7½ in. (28 x 19 cm.), framed (4)
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Not only is Vyasa a major figure in the Mahabharatha as the father of and advisor to Dhritarashtra, he is also the legendary orator of the great epic, having received it from Brahma and recited it to Ganesh to write it down. The introduction to the epic describes how Ganesh agreed to transcribe the story as long as Vyasa never paused in his recitation, and that Vyasa agreed with a counter-condition that Ganesh must understand everything before writing it down. This explains the presence of more difficult passages in the story, which Vyasa recited to give him some respite while the elephant-god struggled with their meaning. The story continues that Ganesh's pen broke from the furious pace of writing, which is why he snapped off the end of his right tusk to use as a replacement so as not to interrupt the recitation or transcription.
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