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A prince and a lady playing chaupar

  • Description

    Seated on a striped durree rug beneath a canopy, a nobleman and lady play a game of chaupar while resting from their journey. The riding-camel nearby suggests that this couple may be the legendary Rajasthani lovers Dhola and Maru, who eloped on a camel. Chaupar or pachisi (the ancestor of modern Ludo) is a race game played with dice on a cruciform board, usually made of cloth. Here the lady moves one of her pieces, while the nobleman holds the three stick dice whose roll will determine the next move.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest India Rajasthan (place of creation)
    18th century (1701 - 1800)
    Material and technique
    brush drawing on paper
    mount 40.6 x 56 cm (height x width)
    drawing 12.2 x 24.5 cm max. (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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    • First floor | Room 33 | Mughal India

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