Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Madhubani District, Bihar, India, Asia

c. 1960s-1980s

Ink and opaque watercolor on paper

20 3/8 x 30 3/8 inches (51.8 x 77.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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