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A wife seeks justice or mercy

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  • Description

    This unique narrative scene depicts some local family scandal, perhaps concerning infidelity or theft, possibly in the small Hill state of Dada-Siba. In a house to the right, a husband chastises his wife, while another woman remonstrates or calls for punishment. To the left, husband and wife stand before a plinth, possibly an oath-stone or place of punishment, where the wife pleads for justice or mercy from the local ruler who will judge their case.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Guler (place of creation)
    1740 - 1750
    Material and technique
    gouache on paper
    frame 50 x 90.1 x 1.7 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 38 x 77.5 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 70 on p. 164, p. 19, illus. pp. 120-121 & 165

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