Painting on paper depicting a scene shhowing a body being taken to the burning ground  A funeral procession moves through a rural landscape dotted with trees and bushes. The body in a white shroud is carried by four men with their hair shaved but for the tuft at the back of their head. All wear tripundra marks on forehead and body. They are preceded by the chief mourner, clad in white, who carries in a pot the fire with which he will set the funeral pyre ablaze. Behind the stretcher carrying the body are a group of male mourners, one of them carrying a large pot. All of them are uniformly dressed in dhoti and angavastra and have their hair shaved but for the small tuft at the back of their head. To the extreme left of the leaf is the funeral pyre and, near it, the attendant waits for the procession to arrive. A vertical stripe of pale blue, suggesting water concludes the painting to the left.

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2007,3005.2

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Painting on paper depicting a scene shhowing a body being taken to the burning ground A funeral procession moves through a rural landscape dotted with trees and bushes. The body in a white shroud is carried by four men with their hair shaved but for the tuft at the back of their head. All wear tripundra marks on forehead and body. They are preceded by the chief mourner, clad in white, who carries in a pot the fire with which he will set the funeral pyre ablaze. Behind the stretcher carrying the body are a group of male mourners, one of them carrying a large pot. All of them are uniformly dressed in dhoti and angavastra and have their hair shaved but for the small tuft at the back of their head. To the extreme left of the leaf is the funeral pyre and, near it, the attendant waits for the procession to arrive. A vertical stripe of pale blue, suggesting water concludes the painting to the left.

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