Rare Paintings
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Entrance (left) to the Palace [of Trimul Naik], Madura - 1895

Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the Tirumala Nayaka Palace at Madurai, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s.

The Tirumalai Nayaka Palace was built in 1636 by the most illustrious of the Nayak... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Interior of the Throne Roon in the Palace of Tirumala Nayyak - 1845

Watercolour drawing of the interior of the Throne Roon in the Palace of Tirumala Nayaka at Madurai, by an anonymous artist working in the South India/Madurai style, c.1840

Tirumala Nayaka (r. 1623-59) was one of the most import... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Courtyard of the palace of Raja Tirumala Nayyak (1625-59), Madura.
Drawn by W.G.P. Jenkins, William W. Whelpdale and Ravanat Naik - 1840

Watercolour drawing of the courtyard of the palace of Raja Tirumala Nayyak at Madurai, by W.G.P. Jenkins, William W. Whelpdale and Ravanat Naik, dated c.1840.... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
The Svarga Vilasa (Celestial Pavilion) or Throne-room of the palace of Tirumala Nayak (1623-59) at Madurai - 1850

Watercolour drawing of the Svarga Vilasa (Celestial Pavilion) or Throne-room of the palace of Tirumala Nayak at Madurai, by an anonymous artist working in the South Indian/Madurai st... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs
ca. 1800
India (Rajasthan)
Ink and opaque watercolor on cloth

This devotional image of Hanuman celebrates his most famous heroic feat—carrying the Mount Sanjeevini to Rama and Lakshmana, who, gravely wounded in combat, were in desperate need... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Railing crossbars from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of railing crossbars from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with number... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Drum pilaster from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of a drum pilaster from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with numbers 2 to... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Drum slab from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of a carved drum slab from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with numbers 2 to ... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of carved railing copings from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with num... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Watercolour of Europeans being entertained by dancers and musicians in a splendid Indian house during Durga puja by William Prinsep (1794-1874) dating from the 1830s-1840s.

The subject matter and treatment is rather unlike Prinsep's normal style, and it is possible that this is based on another... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Watercolour depicting a Durga Puja, by Sevak Ram (c.1770-c.1830) in the Patna style, c.1809.

Durga is a form of the Great Goddess Devi; she is considered to be one in a variety of personalities of the Hindu goddess. She is most well known as the goddess who killed the Buffalo Demon Mahisha. The ... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
The Amaravati Album

This album of drawings is a landmark in the history of archaeology in India. The pictures were made in 1816 and 1817 by a team of military surveyors and draftsmen under the direction of Colonel Colin Mackenzie (1757-1821), the first Surveyor-General of India.

The album conta... Read More
 18 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
A blue-skinned Indian goddess, holding a snake in her right hand and a man with a trident on her left elbow; she treads on another snake with her right foot, and on a lotus with her left foot
"Raksha Kali or Durga - Deity of Epdemics"
Watercolour

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 18 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Durga slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura with other deities, set in a torana. Coloured lithograph
Published by Calcutta Art Studio, 185 Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

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 18 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Durga slaying the buffalo demon, Mahishasura
Gouache painting by an Indian artist.
circa 19th century
Published: [India], [between 1800 and 1899?]

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 18 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Durga slaying the Buffalo Demon Mahishasura.
Chromolithograph, 1883
Published by Chitrashala Press, Pune (Dolkarali) - 1883

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 16 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Durga Mahishasuramardini
West Bengal, India, Asia
19th century
Opaque watercolor on paper

Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art Read More
 16 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
The Great Goddess Durga Slaying the Buffalo Demon (Mahishasuramardini)
Kota, Rajasthan, India
c. 1750
Opaque watercolor and gold- and silver-colored metallic paint on paper

This painting, which originated in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, demonstrates the popularity of the iconic form of... Read More
 15 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Book Cover with Four Durgas
18th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Distemper on wood

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 14 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Durga fighting the rakshashas Shumbha and Nishumbha, from a Devi Mahatmya

mid 19th century
Pahari School
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
India, Punjab Hills

"This is 'Durga Path' manuscript from Jaipur, done in 1789 CE. One hundred and two folios from this manuscript are with MSMSII, Jaipur... Read More