On the left of the painting a male figure in an intricate headdress sits on a cushioned couch. He reaches into a large bowl and grasps a round object, which is a sweet. Also reaching into the bowl is a well-dressed woman sitting on a similar couch. Behind her is another woman holding a ladle.

Faithless Queen Amṛtamati has invited her husband, King Yaśodhara, to eat in the ladies’ apartments. She has fooled him into believing that her display of love is sincere.

Behind Amṛtamati is Yaśodhara’s mother, Candramatī. She holds a kind of ladle with which she will take food from the dish.

As the text says, Yaśodhara is totally charmed by the welcome he receives. He is offered a seat decorated with a cloth and is presented with food on golden and silver trays or dishes. These are so highly polished, so bright that they look, respectively, like the rising sun or the shining stars in a night sky.

Yaśodhara and Candramatī start to eat the delicacies that have been prepared.

The long protruding eye is a typical feature of western Indian painting. Its origin is unclear.

Other visual elements

This is a good example of an average manuscript. A red background is used for the painting but there is no use of gold, intricate design elements or elaborate script.

The bottom of the right margin contains the number 4, which is the folio number.

In the upper and lower margins there are syllables missing from the main text, or corrections. The number before them is the line number where they should be inserted.


The script used for the main text is the Jaina Devanāgarī script. It is used for writing numerous Indian languages, here Apabhraṃśa Prakrit.