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The month of Bhadon, from a series Baramasa series (Songs of the twelve months)

circa 1675


Unknown Artist


The month of Bhadon (August-September), during the monsoon season, is a time when men return home from their work away from the village; it is a time when they are re-united with their lovers, wives and families. In this painting from the kingdom of Bundi in Rajasthan, the hero and the heroine stand on a balcony, looking out over the monsoon scene. The skies are dark, illuminated only by flashes of thunder and the landscape is lush and green. Rajput artists rarely sketched from nature but drew their repertoire of birds, plants and animals from memory. Here the artist has rendered the scene playfully, with animals leaping and cavorting in the pouring rain.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.41.


Other Title

Illustrations to a Baramasa (twelve seasons)

Place where the work was made

Bundi Rajasthan India


circa 1675

Materials used

opaque watercolour with gold on paper


25.3 x 16.3 cm image; 30.5 x 21.3 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 1991


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 5 publications


Subhash Jaireth, Yashodhara: Six Seasons Without You, Sydney, 2003, cover (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Mughals and Maharajas: The Miniature Paintings of Courtly India', Sydney, 2003, 41 (colour illus.).

Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. 2.4

Sotheby's London, Islamic and Indian Art. Oriental manuscripts and miniatures., London, Oct 1991, 227 (colour illus.). cat. no. 805

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, Sydney, Jul 2002, 34 (colour illus.).