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Ascetics preparing and smoking opium outside a rural dwelling in India. Gouache painting by Kavala, 18--.

[between 1800 and 1899?]
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[Udaipur?], [between 1800 and 1899?]

Physical description

1 painting : gouache, with gold ; border 22 x 15.4 cm



Wellcome Library no. 12002i

Publications note

Milo Cleveland Beach, Bagta and Chokha: master artists at Devgarh, Artibus Asiae supplementum XLVI, Zurich: Museum Rietberg, 2005

Creator/production credits

By Kavala (or Kawala), the son of the painter Bagta and the brother of Chokha (the latter active 1799-1822)

Lettering note

Inscription in ink on the verso transliterated as follows: "Banou Chatara Kuwala ka hatha no amaldaar ki surat so led(?) chae" (Portrait of the Amaldaars made by the hands of the artist Kuwala), i.e. attributing the painting to Kuwala (Kawala)

Exhibitions note

Exhibited in “Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine” at Wellcome Collection, 16 November 2017 – 8 April 2018



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