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 15 Dec 2013 Sculpture
HARIHARA is the name of a combined deity form of both Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) from the Hindu tradition. Also known as Shankaranarayana ("Shankara" is Shiva, and "Narayana" is Vishnu), Harihara is thus worshipped by both Vaishnavites and Shaivities as a form of the Supreme God, as well as b... Read More
 15 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Ardhanari, Harihara, Cave I, Badami - 1853

Pen-and-ink drawing of two sculptures from Cave I, Badami, depicting Harihara and Ardhanarishvara, by an Indian draftsman, dated 1853.

Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, was the capital of the Early Chalukya rulers in the sixth - eighth centuries AD... Read More
 14 Dec 2013
Writng box and games board, rosewood, c.1855 or c.1867, Calcutta.

This writing case has several uses. The lid is marked out for various games, including cribbage, chess and fox and geese. It lifts up and folds out into a velvet-lined writing slope with compartments for ink, pens and paper. The... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting, month of Karttik, Baramasa, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Bikaner, ca. 1725

This is an illustration to a set of paintings known as barahmasa or 'twelve months'. They use the activities of lovers and nature to illustrate the months and seasons. This page, from a dispersed set... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting, nobles playing Chaupar, opaque watercolour on paper, Kulu or Bilaspur, ca. 1715

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a royal figure resting on a rug leaning against a cushion. An attendant fans him from behind with peacock feathers. Three other players sit around a red chaupar b... Read More
 13 Dec 2013
Card board game, Patchesi, made in England by John Jaques & Son Ltd in the 1890s

Pachisi has been played in India for many centuries and is considered the country's national game. The name is derived from the Indian word for 25, which is the highest throw of cowrie shell dice. The game was int... Read More
 13 Dec 2013
Pachisi game board of wood, straw and cotton made in India in the 1970s

Pachisi is considered as a national game of India and it was introduced into England towards the end of the 19th century, hence Jaques patent of 1887. Pachisi is usually played on a cross shaped panel of cloth created from a... Read More
 11 Dec 2013
Rosewood games box inlaid with ivory and with brass mounts, Mysore (South India), early 19th century.

This games box originated at the court of the Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar III. He was ruler of Mysore from 1794 to 1868 and a skilful games player. His abiding interest in the board games of ... Read More
 10 Dec 2013
Gold "Narasimha" fanam of Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1810-1868), Mysore, Princely State in India.

Seated bearded man / Nagari inscriptions. 7mm, 0.37 grams. Dateless type, probably issued throughout Raja Wodeyar's reign. Mysore mint.

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 20 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Tasviri Akbar Padeshah va Sheik Saltm Chisti

Single-page painting on a detached album folio. The Mughal emperor Akbar seated under a tree with Shaykh Salim Chisti, one attendant, two female musicians and a goatherd with his goats and dog.
Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper.
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 19 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
A Mughal Nobleman visits Two Shaykhs

This painting, in the Northern Deccan Style, depicts a Mughal grandee, indentified by a later inscription as 'Mirza Mumin Beg, governor of Allahabad', an important Mughal province in Northern India. He kneels before two elderly sages, who are seated on a ga... Read More
 16 Nov 2013
Wine cup of Jahangir
Nephrite jade, Mughal, dated 1022 AH/1613-14 AD.

This wine cup of dark green nephrite jade was owned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r.1605-1627), whose name is included in the Persian verses incised in nasta'liq script round the rim and filled at a later date with white com... Read More
 16 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Portrait of Emperor Jahangir with his sons Khusraw and Parviz.

Jahangir is shown seated under a canopy giving private audience to his two sons. The emperor is surrounded by five figures comprising the two princes bearing fruit and wine, two servants and a page holding a flywhisk. The figures a... Read More
 15 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Portrait of a Mughal courtier in bust profile, thought to be Jahangir holding an apple in his right hand. Void background.

Album folio containing a single-page painting. Ink and opaque watercolours on paper.

Mughal Style
Mughal dynasty
1632 (circa)

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 15 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Jahangir weighing prince Khurram against gold and silver. Single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. Princely figure sits cross-legged in a large scale ornately decorated with gold, rubies, and other precious jewels. Mahabat Khan, Khan Jahan and attendants look on. In the foreground st... Read More
 14 Nov 2013
Gold coin.
(obverse) Portrait of Jahangir.
(reverse) Lion surmounted by sun.
Ruler: Jahangir
Mughal dynasty
1611 AD (AH 1020)

Inscription Transliteration:
A likeness of Jahangir Shah, son of Akbar Shah, in the year 6 of his reign.

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 14 Nov 2013
Read your horoscope today?

The Persian couplet on the obverse (front) of this coin might be not mean much to most, but look closely at the friendly-looking lion and he can tell you something about this coin without you needing to learn Persian. The sun behind him shows he is Leo from the Zodia... Read More
 14 Nov 2013
Gold mohur of Jahangir - Capricorn

Mughal dynasty, AD 1605-28
From Agra, India

Signs of the zodiac, a sign of the times

In 1584, the Mughal emperor of India, Akbar (1556-1605), established a new religion, Din-i Ilahi ('Divine Faith') and a corresponding new era, the Ilahi era, based on ... Read More
 13 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting, signs of the zodiac, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Jaipur, ca. 1890

Marks and inscriptions:
'The twelve signs of the zodiac according to the Hindus'

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 12 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Zodiac signs:
Ram(Mesha), Bull(Vrishabha), Couple(Mithuna), Crab(Karkataka)

Gouache on paper
Rajasthan School
1790-1810 (circa)

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