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The Merits of Servitude

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Inscription

On the front: in the top border - story is descibed in devnagri script . Flowers are being picked from the golden trees but no one knows whose flowers they are. Sur and Vidyavant (say) those who serve without knowing servitude give up everything. There is no result from the land if work is done without knowledge.

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA in 1987 from a Bloomington, Indiana collector. Formerly in a London private collection.

Credit Line

Frederick L. Jack Fund

Indian, Rajasthani, about 1725

Object Place

Mewar, Rajasthan, Northern India

Dimensions

Overall:26 x 22 cm (10 1/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.265

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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Asia

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