Raja Yudhishtira surveys Hell in search of his brothers

Painting on wood with gold detailing depicting a scene from the Mahabharata, depicting Raja Yudhishtira (wearing a white turban, below the text panel) surveying Hell in search of his brothers. The text, in late 19th-century Urdu, written in a cursive nasta'liq-e khafi hand, refers to the painting as 'Plate number 132'. The painting dates from the late 19th century, probably from the art schools of Jaipur, India, and adapts a composition from the dispersed late 16th century 'Jaipur' Razmnamah manuscript (in the Jaipur royal collection, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and British Library), an illustrated Persian translation from the original Sanskrit (version by Naqib Khan) created at the court of the third Mogul Emperor, Akbar I (d. 1605).

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