Adorned with a full complement of jewelry, but wearing only a transparent orange lower garment, a royal woman has laid her costly garments nearby. She offers water to the rising sun; poured from a gold pitcher, the water splashes down the steps of the platform. The gold and radiant sun emerges from behind the rocky hills populated with lion, boar, and deer.

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  • Title: A Woman Worshipping the Rising Sun (Surya Puja)
  • Creator: Chokha (Indian, 1770-1830)
  • Date Created: c. 1810
  • Physical Dimensions: Page: 23.8 x 17.1 cm (9 3/8 x 6 3/4 in.); Miniature: 20.3 x 13.3 cm (8 x 5 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.151
  • Medium: gum tempera and gold on paper
  • Fun Fact: One of the two ducks in the lotus pond has a fish in its bill.
  • Department: Indian and Southeast Asian Art
  • Culture: Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Devgarh
  • Credit Line: Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund
  • Collection: Indian Art
  • Accession Number: 2018.151

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