Monday, July 10, 2006

Through the Looking Glass

At first glance, its an elegant watercolor painting grandly titled "Maharana Sangram Singh of Mewar Hunting Heron" from Rajasthan, 1720-30. The writing on the wall reads:
"The details of the hunt –its courtiers and servants, a tented palanquin signifying the presence of a court lady, a village and its temples, the tilled field and lows hills – all contribute to the portrayal of the ruler as the embodiment and causes of his flourishing kingdom."

Fine, fine...we get the point, ancient Indian painter very skilled. But what about his twisted sense of humor? How else do you explain the presence of these two gentlemen in the lower left hand corner of a "royal" painting? I apologize for the poor picture quality . Museum lights don't make for great pictures and the view through a magnifying glass does not help either. Anyways, look closely, you'll get the idea.

PS: This officially concludes the unofficial "Ewww! Look what we found in DC" phase that we have been experiencing off late. We promise to look the other way when we come upon the next installment of anything remotely indentifiable as toilet humor on our next trip to DC. And even if we giggle about it, we will not torment you decent folks.


Aditi Das Patnaik said...

you look particularly stunning in the pic :)

Anyesha said...

Its the lighting in there, my dear