Illustration to a Markendeya Purana: Devi refuses the invitation of the demon
Opaque watercolor on paper, Kangra or Guler, Circa 1790
This continuous narrative scene shows the goddess Ambika seated on a rock in discussion with the demon warrior Chanda on the left side of the page. The demon has been sent by the powerful titan Shumbha to ask for the goddess's hand in marriage. The goddess agrees on the basis that he first must defeat her in a duel. On the right the yellow-skinned demon is shown departing in an animated fashion depicting his exasperation.
image: 5 ½ x 7 ½ in. (14 x 19 cm), folio: 7 ¼ x 9 in.(18.5 x 22.9 cm)