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The Rainy Season
Page from a series of the Bhagavata Purana (Story of the Lord Vishnu)

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Geography:
Made in Rajasthan, Mewar, India, Asia
Probably made in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mewar, India, Asia

Date:
c. 1630-1650

Medium:
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper

Dimensions:
Image: 6 7/8 × 13 1/4 inches (17.5 × 33.7 cm) Sheet: 9 3/16 × 15 3/4 inches (23.3 × 40 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2004-149-18

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004

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The onset of the rainy season is a glorious time in India. "Great clouds, charged with lightning, tossed about by violent winds, discharge their soothing, life-giving rain, as if feeling compassion for the dry world below . . . frogs who had been silent begin to croak, like Brahmins reciting at the close of their daily routine." So reads part of the poignant verse written on both sides of this illustration of a rain-drenched landscape. It is rare in Indian painting to see a landscape with no figures; usually such a depiction of nature would serve only as a background for the activities of gods and men.