Posted on: 15 February 2013

Watercolour painting on paper of Ahalya, the wife of the seer Gautama, seated on a plinth with a back, on a terrace with a building behind her. A covered doorway is also shown. She wears lavish textiles and jewellery and holds a flower in her right hand. In front of the plinth is a vase with flowers in. The painting is surrounded by a black border.

Ahalya was released from imprisonment in a rock by Rāma.

Painted in Patna (?)
Company School

Company School:
This term refers to a wide range of drawings and paintings created by South Asian artists that were commissioned by European patrons, or intended for a European market. The subject matter is frequently descriptive of the ‘Indian Scene’ and prepared in sets or albums. Works can be attributed to a variety of sub-styles dependent on the artists’ regional training. The works often incorporate stylistic traits from both the South Asian and European traditions prevalent and popular in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Interesting that she's done in the clothes of the time, though she is a figure from ancient religious stories.

So pretty! How can we Blame Indra? In her times she wasn't clothed up so much!

Ahalya was cursed and turned into stone by her husband Gautam Rishi. This place is in north bihar near Sitamarhi at place called KAMTAUL. It is close to Janakpur Road, Pupri, near Nepal border

यहाँ यह जानना सचमुच दिलचस्प है कि यूरोपियन कला बाज़ार में भारतीय मिथकों को विषय बना कर बनाई गईं पेंटिंग्स के लिए उत्सुकता और आकर्षण पहले से ही है |

The painting, with Royal costumes worn it looks like she is Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar,the brave Queen of Indore, Pious & religious who built several Temples all over Kashi,Dwarka,Maheswar,Ujjain, Indore around 1775 Ahalya, the consort of Rishi Gautam was a sadhvi in simple dress.