A blue-skinned Hindu deity holding a bow accompanied by an attendant and received by five kings, possibly the five Pandava brothers Bilaspur, circa 1670-80
gouache on paper, red border, in mount 250 x 323 mm.
An illustration to an unidentified Hindu epic concerning the exploits of a king. The style of painting is close to that of late 17th century Bilaspur with Rajput and Mughal influences of the late Aurangzeb period, as shown by the Mughal 'short-skirted' jama worn by the attendant in this particular miniature.
For comparison see: W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, London 1973, vol. II, p. 170, pls. 5 (i-ii); W. G. Archer, Visions of Courtly India, London 1976, nos. 32 and 33.