A visit to a yogi
The painting depicts a scene of a hermitage where two ladies with a child are visiting a Kanaphata Nath yogi to pay their homage. The yogi is wearing a multicolored gudari (shawl stitched with assorted pieces of cloth) and holding a Mor Pankh (peacock feather fan). The background shows a typical Bundi landscape with a distant view of the palatial house with overhanging eves or chajjas, a lake with a boat, and little vegetation. The use of shading around the face of the ladies is a peculiar Bundi feature.
The painting provides an interesting source for the study of religious sects in India. The Natha Sampraday was founded by Matsyendranatha in the 8th or 9th century.
Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala Collection.
Indian Miniature Paintings
Opaque water colour on paper
Indian miniature painting
Late 18th Century CE