A female worshipper visits a shrine at night
Attributed to Kavala, Devgarh, circa 1810-15
Inscribed verso with the devanagari number: '14'
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; wearing multiple strands of pearl and gem necklaces the female's slender naked frame is is partially obscured by a white diaphanous shawl. She approaches the shrine with a gilt tray bearing a flaming lamp and small vessels. In her left hand she carries the obligatory water pot (lota). trotting by her side is a well-manicured white dog with a large rounded eye set upon its master. The black lingham is adorned with bands of pink flowers and is set o a rectangular platform by a model of a recumbent Nandi. The pulsing green light around the female gives way to a dark narrow lake and lighter rolling hills and further wild rocky hills and a brilliant red and yellow dawn sky.
Folio: 9¹⁄₈ x 7¾ in. (23 x 19.7 cm)