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 17 Jan 2017 Sculpture
A sandstone stele of a cow suckling a calf

Central India, circa 12th century

Carved in openwork with a cow suckling her young beneath an overhanging tree, flanked by a small donor figure supporting a tray of fruit.

Text and image credit: Bonhams 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
Surya

Opaque watercolour painting of the red-complexioned, four-armed and magnificently attired Sūrya. He stands in samabhanga on a low dais at the centre of an oval frame. He carries in each of his upper hands a dagger, while his lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra... 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
 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
 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
 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
 8 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Vishnu

Painting
Gouache on watermarked paper
Trichinopoly, ca. 1825

Vishnu as Vaikuntha-natha seated on the coils of the serpent Sesha between his two shaktis, Shri and Bhumi Devi; a third, Nila Devi, supports his right foot. From a series of 100 drawings of Hindu deities created in South India... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Coins of India
By C.J. Brown
Published by Association Press, Calcutta - 1922

Read Book Online:

http://bit.ly/2gU6MVA

Download pdf Book:

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Image:
Gold Coin Showing King Kumaragupta as an Archer

Gupta period
ca. 415–455
India
Gold

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 5 Dec 2016 Sculpture
Dancing Celestial Deity (Devata)

early 12th century
India (Uttar Pradesh)
Sandstone

Imagine posing as a model for this dancing female figure. You'll soon realize that this striking pose is anatomically impossible. Yet the sculptor has captured the essence of continuous, whirling motion.

This ... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Artefacts
Gold Coin Showing King Chandragupta II as an Archer

Gupta period
ca. 376–414
India
Gold

Image credit:
© 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Sculpture
Bust of Vishnu

Gupta period
5th–6th century
India (Bengal)
Terracotta

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© 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
 5 Dec 2016 New Books
New Book Release:
Treasures of the Gupta Empire
A Catalogue of Coins of the Gupta Dynasty
By Sanjeev Kumar

Preorder this book:

http://bit.ly/2gtoNts

This book covers the history and the entire Coinage of the Gupta Dynasty from the start in 319 AD to it's end in 543 AD. It also includes the Coi... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
"Dervish With a Lion", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Painting by Padarath
Calligrapher: Sultan 'Ali al-Mashhadi (active late 15th–early 16th century)

Persian Inscription (in lower border, in Shah Jahan’s hand): "Work of Padarath".

During the reigns of Jahangir and Shah Jahan, devotees wer... Read More
 5 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
"Jahangir and His Vizier, I'timad al-Daula", Folio from the Shah Jahan Album
Artist: Manohar (active ca. 1582–1624)
Calligrapher: Mir 'Ali Haravi (d. ca. 1550)

While Jahangir (r. 1605–27) and l'timad al-Daula (a title meaning "reliance of the state") greet each other formally in this paintin... Read More
 3 Dec 2016 Artefacts
Inkpot of the Emperor Jahangir
dated A.H. 1028/A.D. 1618–19

Sturdy, monumental, artfully rounded, richly adorned, and so weighty and well balanced that it could hardly be overturned, this dignified and useful inkpot can be seen as a poetic visual symbol of the empire inherited by Jahangir. If ... Read More
 2 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Deposition from cross with rejoicing angels, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, ca. 1590-1600.

This painting was probably done for the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r.1605–1627) when he was still a prince living in the 1590s at Lahore, the northern capital of the Mughal empire, now in no... Read More
 26 Oct 2016 Event
New Book Launch:
The Mewar Ramayana
The finest surviving illustrated manuscript in India
By J.P.Losty and Sumedha Verma Ojha
Published by Roli Books - 26 October 2016 Read More