Garden and Cosmos
The paintings depicted court life, the celebration of holidays, and generally incidents in the maharajah’s life. There was exquisite detail in the paintings. For example, the second floor of the buildings which house the women’s quarters, had very detailed latticework. This allowed the women to see out but someone standing on the ground would only be able to see nebulous figures. All of the paintings contained human figures, from servants to the noble family. There were some paintings which showed running water, presumably a river. I was perplexed when I saw a wolf’s head in the water among many ducks. Later I realized it was the image of a crocodile.
There was a triptych in one of the rooms. I studied the last third of the triptych. The entire painting portrayed an encounter of the god, Krishna, with female swineherds. The last part had two rows of these women. I spent a good bit of time on the upper row which contained eighty-four women. As I looked I discovered that the skirt of each woman was different, colored differently and ornamented with a different pattern. Whether geometric or flowers, the patterns were each different from any other depicted. Other details in railings, trees and bushes were exquisite. I’m glad that we took this exhibit in, though we waited until almost the last weekend. The exhibit was crowded and very hot. Next time I’ll try to remember that.
I wasn’t too tired to go across the lobby to the Chinese exhibit to observe a couple of favorites. There was a triple-life size Kwan Yin in a relaxed state carved of wood. I don’t recall the age but the wood was split. There were also two very fine China figures of Kwan Yin, probably 16" tall. Kwan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion in the Buddhist world. She is sometimes called “the one who listens.” So tell her your woes.