Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas Online / AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE MARKENDEYA PURANA A SAGE RECEIVES TO NOBLEMEN KANGRA, LATE 19TH CENTURY
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In what would have been the opening scene of this illustrated Markendeya Purana series, a sage seated on a buckskin outside his hut narrates the purana to two noblemen. Animal on the grass and in the tress gather round to listed. In the background a river with many lotuses flows between a group of hillocks. A similar representation of this scene is in Mehta, Studies in Indian Painting, 1926, p.120, pl.56.
Maggs Bros., London, Bulletin No. 18, Vol. V, part 3, January 1971, p. 210, no. 213A (cover image).
Collection of Asbjorn Lunde (1927-2017), New York
Greeting cards were printed by UNICEF in 1973 using the present painting. Several letters of receipt and thanks were sent to Asbjorn Lunde for his permission to reproduce the image.