Arjuna, shown with dark skin, won Draupadi's hand in an archery contest. Before he could tell his mother the news, she decreed that he must share his fortune with his brothers, hence Draupadi had five husbands. The painting illustrates an early scene in the marriage of Draupadi and the Pandavas. Here they are depicted as brahmin ascetics in animal skins, disguising themselves from their rival cousins, the Kauravas. Draupadi's dejected suitors, indignant that a lowly brahmin could best them are also shown in royal garb being placated by her brother. For another painting from the same series, see P. Pal, Pleasure Gardens of the Mind: Indian Paintings from the Jane Greenough Green Collection, 1993, cat. no. 17.