The Marital Bliss of Nala and Damayanti: Folio from a Nala-Damayanti Series

In this painting based on the poem of Shrisharsh, the Naishadhacharita, the marital happiness of Nala and Damayanti is described. It is one of a larger group of pictures that remained unfinished but nonetheless are among the most accomplished works of the first generation after Manaku and Nainsukh. Nala appears three times. On the left, he attempts to draw his bride to his bed; in the middle scene, he amuses himself, watching as Damayanti is tended by seven servant girls; on the far right, he enters a palace interior.

Ink, opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper


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Attributed to Ranjha, first generation after Manaku and Nainsukh

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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