Rare Paintings
 12 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
Holi festival, Musrshidabad or Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805.

The Holi festival : men daubed with red powder proceed, dancing, singing and drumming towards a tank. In the centre, a man is being carried on a litter. Bystanders include ascetics and sweetmeat sellers. One of nine drawings depicting... Read More
 12 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
KRISHNA AND RADHA CELEBRATING HOLI
Opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Nurpur
c. 1775

Krishna is an incarnation of the god Vishnu. He is shown with Radha, the beloved of his youth, and other gopis or young cowherd women. Four cowherd boys complete the crowd. In celebration of the Holi sprin... Read More
 11 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
A Muslim wedding, Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805.

A Muslim wedding; the bridegroom's procession going to the bride's house by night. A gateway at left and elephants at right of the procession.

Text and image credit:
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 9 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
A seated portrait of the Sufi saint Sharaf BuʿAli Qalandar

Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
Mughal Style
18th century
India

Shaikh Sharafuddeen Bu Ali Qalandar Panipati also called Bu Ali Qalandar (1209-1324 CE probably born at Panipat, Haryana) in India was a Sufi saint of the Chi... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Rare Paintings
Shiva protecting Markandeya from Yama, the god of Death.
Painting, 1810, India

One legend relates the story of how Shiva protected Markandeya from the clutches of death, personified as Yama.

Mrikandu rishi and his wife Marudmati worshipped Shiva and sought from him the boon of begetting a son. ... Read More
 24 Feb 2017 Rare Paintings
A lady prays in a Shiva shrine - 1770
Bhairavi Ragini
India

Ragamala Paintings are a series of illustrative paintings from medieval India based on Ragamala or the "Garland of Ragas", depicting various Indian musical modes called Ragas. They stand as a classical example of the amalgamation of art... Read More
 16 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Earth in the form of a cow appeals to Brahma
An illustration to the 'Large' Guler-Basohli Bhagavata Purana
Attributed to Fattu, circa 1760-65

Gouache and gold on paper, red border with narrow black margin and double white rules, cover paper with inscriptions comprising two lines of text from th... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 4 depicting a scene from the Mahabharata. Bhisma is lying on a bed of arrows with Arjuna standing next to him with bow drawn and pointed at earth to bring out water for Bhisma, who is pierced by numerous arrows.

1895 (circa)
Printed in: Calcutt... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting illustrating the death of Kṛṣṇa and the Pandavas visiting the dying Bhishma from the epic Razmnameh. Originally from manuscript Bhishma lies in the centre of the scene surrounded immediately by kneeling attendants, while warriors and horsemen stand in the near distance amidst a roc... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
"BHISHMA - 10TH DAY KURUKSHETRA" / Mahabharata
Painted by: M F Husain - 1988

Print, one of a portfolio of eleven: "MAHABHARATA". Numbered, signed. Ink and watercolour on paper.

The Surya Siddhanta defines Uttarāyaṇa or Uttarayan as the period between the Makara Sankranti (which currently occ... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper,illustration to the Razm-nama (a Persian translation of the Mahabharata), the last hours of Bhisma. He lies on a bed of arrows discoursing to Yudhisthira.

Mughal
1598 ca.
Artist: 'Ali, Husain
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

The ... Read More
 12 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Two Wild Buffalos from Baburnama

Painting
Artist: Mansur
Designer: Kanha
Mughal dynasty, Reign of Akbar, ca. 1589
Mughal School
Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

The first Mughal emperor, Babur (reigned 1526–30), wrote memoirs that included precise descriptions of the animals and flowe... Read More
 12 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Indian Bull

Painting
19th century
Company School
Color and black on paper

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 12 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Jamini Roy (India, 1887-1972)
Brahmin Bull
tempera on card, signed lower right, gallery label on backboard, framed

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 11 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Pen-and-ink and wash by George Chinnery of an Indian villager with a bullock, dated between 1808 and 1822. Inscribed on front in ink is: 'Hindoo Costume from Nature. Chinnery.'

India has the largest number of cows and buffaloes in the world. Cows are regarded as sacred by the Hindus and are a sy... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Winged Shaivite? figure riding composite bull, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Murshidabad, ca. 1760

Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, a Shaivite figure with angel's wings and pale white skin, with a cobra entwined on either arm, riding a composite bull, made up of hares, ... Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Running youths holding the tails of a humped bull and a winged lion - Fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of fragments of railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculp... Read More
 10 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Nandi, The Great Bull at Tanjore - 1798

Plate 22 from the second set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery'. The Brihadishvara Temple at Thanjavur is the greatest temple of the Chola period. It was patronised by Rajaraja I around AD 1000-10. The pavilion represented in the print was ... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Garuda, the 'vahana' of Vishnu, returning with the vase of Amrita, which he had stolen from the gods in order to free his mother from Kadru, mother of serpents. The 'vahana' is the animal mount or vehicle of a Hindu god or goddess.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on watermarked pa... Read More
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
The shrine of Vishnu in the form of Viraraghavaswami, reclining on the serpent of eternity, the form in which he is worhipped at the shrine of Tiravallur in Chingleput district. To the right stands Lakshmi and to the left a Vaishnava priest.

Tiruchchirappalli
ca. 1820 - ca. 1825
Gouache on wate... Read More