Huddled together with consternation on their faces. The painting of damsels you see on this page are sisters gathered together one evening in their father’s house. Dressed in a pristine lehenga and traditional silver jewellery, the elder one has been deliberately dressed in a way that brings out the beauty of her form and complexion. Her sister, understandably, is in a more understated attire. Any moment now they will be summoned to present the elder one to the guests who have come to see her for one of the sons in their family.
A traditional lantern burns brightly in the background, illuminating their fair, full-featured faces. One could stare for as long as one wants, yet remain undecided between which of them is the lovelier. Their Rajasthani ethnicity is obvious in the imagery used in this painting. There is a man in the background wearing the regional-style kurta and turban. He is working away arranging pots of clay he has made, which is a local means of livelihood. In the distance graze camels, the ship of the great Indian Northwestern desert. The overall colour tone is warm and golden.
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