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 23 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on paper from an album of eighty-two paintings of Hindu deities. Four-armed Śiva sits atop Mount Kailasa with his left leg crossed over the right. He carries two attributes in his upper hands: the tanka (chisel), in his upper right and a vajra (thunderbolt) in his upper left. His... Read More
 12 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of a woman spinning cotton and a man weaving. The man is seated in front of a large frame loom. He wears a white tunic with a shawl crossed over his chest and a red turban. He is weaving a white piece of fabric on the loom. To his right sits a woman ... Read More
 12 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of cotton production. A man sits on the floor ginning cotton to separate the fibres from the seeds. He sits in front of a wooden frame through which he is ginning the cotton. He wears yellow trousers with a white tunic and red turban. Behind him are ... Read More
 12 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting with a pen and ink border of a man and woman carding cotton. The man is seated on the ground holding a bow-like instrument with his left hand and another implement in his right. On the ground below the bow-like instrument is a white mat and the suggestion of clumps of cotton.... Read More
 12 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
A man combing and a woman sitting down spinning cotton beside a tree.
Drawn on paper.

Pahari School
1850 (circa)
Panjab Hills

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 12 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of two women spinning cotton. Both women are seated on the ground in front of a thatched building. One woman, wearing an orange sari which covered her head and shoulders is spinning using a drop spindle over a basket. She is squatting on a mat and has numerous bangle... Read More
 11 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
A street-scene in the village of Raniya - 1818

Watercolour of a street scene in the village of Raniya in the Hissar district, Haryana, by an anonymous artist working in the Delhi style, part of the Fraser Collection, c. 1816-1820.

In the foreground a young woman sits SPINNING with a child b... Read More
 8 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Sikh woodcut depicting Shiva and Parvati with Nandi, Ganesh, Kartikkeya and a lion, from Lahore or Amritsar, about 1870.

Shiva and Parvati are shown seated, preparing 'bhang', with their animal vehicles before them. Ganesh is seated in front of them and Kartikkeya is climbing on the lion's back ... Read More
 8 Sep 2013 Rare Paintings
Parvati nursing Ganesha

Opaque watercolour on paper
Kolkata, ca. 1830

Painting, in opaque watercolour and silver on paper, the Hindu godess Parvati, shown with yellow flesh tones and silver detailed jewellery on her face, arms and neck, is nursing her elephant-headed son Ganesha ... Read More
 13 Aug 2013
K???a, seated in lalitasana, leans on a bolster placed on a large throne. His consorts, Rukmini and Satyabhama, sit on either side, each holding a lotus. On each side of the throne stands a chamaradharini (female fly-whisk bearer). K???a?s right foot rests in the hands of a female figure who knee... Read More
 11 Aug 2013 Rare Paintings
Kannappa, a hunter, who offers his eyes during a test of his devotion, is shown on the verge of gouging out his eye with an arrow in order to replace the damaged eye of the linga. He places his right foot on one of the linga?s eyes so he knows where to place his own eye. At this point, ?iva?s arm... Read More
 11 Aug 2013 Rare Paintings
Paintings; gouache on mica, Worshippers are shown before an image of Kali trampling on Shiva, and a goat is about to be sacrificed, Patna, ca.1860

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 11 Aug 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache, Sati Ceremony, Tanjore, 1800

Sati ceremony: self-immolation of a Hindu widow, with men and women mourning by a river.

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one depicts the practice of sati (suttee) or widow-burning... Read More
 2 Aug 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of a mendicant, possibly a Muslim dervish. The man is standing upright and holds a walking stick in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a large begging bowl. He wears a patchwork tunic which appears to have been repaired and a matching bag over his left shoulde... Read More
 20 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
Nawab of Murshidabad proceeding to the mosque for the festival of Bakr Id, Murshidabad, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805

Painting; gouache

Marks and inscriptions:
'Munny Begum's Musjid with the procession of the Bukery Ed at Moorshidabad'.

This is one of a group of nine paintings. They depict a durb... Read More
 20 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
The Muslim cosmogony according to the commentaries of Massabi and Meschat. The world supported by an angel standing on a mountain of rubies, which is supported by a many horned white bull standing on a fish in water above sand and air.

Faizabad, India

ca. 1774


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 17 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
One of six drawings of figures from the Mughal emperor's ceremonial procession on the occasion of Id. A covered sedan chair being carried by eight or nine men, wearing white with various coloured sashes and turbans. Three accompanying figures, one with a parasol.

Delhi, India - ca. 1840

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 17 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
A maulvi holding a rosary and standing on a terrace - 1815

Watercolour of a maulvi from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Gheen to Delhi Vol. VI' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Comma... Read More
 5 Jul 2013 Rare Paintings
This energetic and frenzied singing of hymns to Krishna and Radha is still today associated with Chaitanya and the movement that followed him; it became, in effect, devotional street-theatre. Chaitanya (c. 1486-1533) was a remarkable saint and ecstatic who was born in Navadvip, north of present-d... Read More
 2 Jun 2013 Rare Paintings
Album of popular prints mounted on cloth pages. Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 23. In this illustration of a narrative from the Mahabharata, Abhimanyu bids farewell to his wife Uttara. He is leaving for the Kurukshetra war.

Printed by: Chore Bagan Art Studio
Date: 1895 (... Read More