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An image of The month of Bhadon by

Bundi, Rajasthan, India

The month of Bhadon, from a series Baramasa series (Songs of the twelve months)
Other titles:
Illustrations to a Baramasa (twelve seasons)
Place of origin
Rajput circa 1500 - 1947 → India
circa 1675
Media categories
Miniature, Painting, Watercolour
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
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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.

Bibliography (5)

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, Newtown, Jul 2002, 34 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001

Intimate Encounters: Indian paintings from Australian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2007–04 May 2007