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 17 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Mirza Muhammad Azam Shah celebrating Holi
Lucknow, circa 1780

Calligraphic panel signed by Hafiz Nurullah verso.

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; the ruler embraces a courtesan in the center of celebrations surrounded by other members of the zenana and female musicians. Each figure is atti... Read More
 17 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Krishna and Balarama celebrating holi with Radha, squirting orange and yellow dye from a palace courtyard up at Radha and the gopis standing at windows above.

Kangra, circa 1810-20

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 14 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ellora: Bodhisattvas on the right side of the shrine in the Tin Thal (top), Sculpture in the Tin Thal Cave (bottom) - 1877
By Draughtsman: Jayrao Raghoba (fl. 1875)

Illustration of sculptures from Tin Thal, Cave XII at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [from the] Report on the Elura ... Read More
 14 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ellora: Sculptures from Kailasa (top), Kailasa in front of the Vimana (bottom centre), Lions on the Roof (bottom left) - 1876
By Draughtsman: Jayrao Raghoba (fl. 1875)

Kailasanatha [Kailasa] Temple, cave XVI, at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [of] Elura Cave Temples Buddhist and B... Read More
 13 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ellora: Pillar of the Nave Vishvakarma (left), Pillar under the gallery in Vishvakarma Cave (right) - 1877
By Draughtsman: Dinkar Moreshwar (fl. 1875)

Illustrations of pillars from the Vishvakarma Cave from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings [from the] Report on the Elura Caves.' The spectacular ... Read More
 13 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Ellora: Mahayogi in Dumar Lena (top left), south Dwarpalas in Dumar Lena (top right), Figure from Dumar Lena- front and side profile (bottom) - 1877
By Draughtsman: Jayrao Raghoba (fl. 1875)

Illustration of sculptures from Dhumar Lena, Cave XXIX at Ellora from James Burgess' 'Original Drawings ... Read More
 4 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A maiden anointing a shrine
Bengal School, early 20th Century

Watercolour on paper, signed in monogram lower left, in mount - 27.5 x 18 cm.

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 27 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Pahari school miniature painting
Punjab Hills, 19th Century

Framed and glazed; opaque water colors on paper; circa 1840-1850, finely detailed depicting Shiva and Parvati with Ganesha and Skanda happily seated together upon a tiger rug on Mount Kailasa, Shiva's matted hair encircling them and for... Read More
 27 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Illustration to a Krishna Rukmini series: Krishna and Shiva meet.

Garhwal, circa 1840

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Krishna drawn in chariot with attendants and soldiers meeting Siva approaching on Nandi. The foreground is littered with slain combatants.

Image: 8 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. (22.6 ... Read More
 27 Feb 2014 Rare Paintings
Miniature painting of a woman who is performing Linga puja.

1750 - 1800 ca.

India

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 19 Jan 2014 New Books
New Book:
The Plunder of Art
By H. Bhisham Pal
Published by Abhinav Publications - 1992

Read this book online:

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 12 Jan 2014
Brahmanical temple cloth of coarse cotton fabric painted, chiefly in red and black, with Vaishnava subjects illustrating the incarnations (avatares) of the Hindu deity Vishnu.

18th century
Tamil Nadu, India

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 29 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Brush drawing, Lakshmana preparing meal for Rama and Sita, ink on paper, Kangra, 19th century

Brush drawing in ink on paper, from a charcoal outline transferred from a pinhole stencil, Lakshman is preparing a meal for his brother Rama, and Sita. Lakshman bends over a log fire in rocky, wooded ... Read More
 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting, Small Clive Album p. 83, ladies feasting and drinking wine, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, early 18th century.

The painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, shows a group of ladies and their female attendants at leisure under an orange awning fixed to a pavili... Read More
 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
"Paithan" painting depicting the meeting of Hanumān and Sita in Ravana's garden which is shown as a toddy palm plantation as exists in Andhra Pradesh. The diminutive Hanumān has an extraordinarily long tail wound around the palmyra trees while he talks to Sita.

19th century
Karnataka

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 26 Dec 2013
Wine-ewer made of silver inlaid and engraved steel.

19th century
India

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 17 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
A portrait of Mahaprabha Thampuratti of Mavelikkara, Raja Ravi Varma's daughter holding her daughter H.H. Sethu Lakshmi Bayi who became the Maharani Regent of Travancore - 1893

Title: There Comes Papa.
By Raja Ravi Varma
Location: Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Raja Ravi Varma was m... Read More
 16 Dec 2013
Box, rosewood, Trivandrum, 1898-1905

This rosewood box was made in Travancore (modern-day Kerala). It has mounted plaques of koftgari work. Koftgari is the technique of inlaying pure silver or, less frequently, gold wire, into a steel ground. The designs worked on these plaques represent birds... Read More
 15 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Bhairava, clad in an elephant skin and a tiger's hide, with the goddess Varahi seated on an elephant. He is pictured with his attributes of a drum, a corpse, a trident, a bowl, a stick and a deer in his six hands. The goddess is identified by her attributes of a plough, a sacred tree, an elephant... Read More
 15 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Śiva and Pārvatī with attendants.
Painted on paper

Pahari School
Rajasthan School
Kangra Style

19thC(early)

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