Executed in 1983, this token of love and friendship, fondly called "dé de fortune" is unique in Raza's oeuvre. It belongs to a key period in his career when after many years of working within the styles of the Ecole de Paris and Abstract Expressionism, his artistic path brought him full circle and he began to integrate vital elements of Indian spirituality. Raza's extensive travels throughout Gujarat and Rajasthan deeply influenced this mature body of work. Though his works from the 1980s are far from representational, the concept of nature remains pervasive and integral to their composition. Adopting a codified and symbolic language, Raza uses specific shapes and colors to represent different aspects of the natural world.
This work is an amalgamation of the evolving themes Raza embarked upon throughout his decades-long career and serves as a transitional bridge into his structured geometric works characteristic of his most recent body of painting. Located on one panel is the black bindu, the genesis of all creation, in its germinating stage, and on two other panels we have the bindu fully formed. Conjuring at once landscape and nature, gesture and expression, as well as geometry and spiritualism.