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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 347

    A Kalligat Painting of Krishna washing Radha's Feet


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    A Kalligat Painting of Krishna washing Radha's Feet
    India, Calcutta, 19th Century
    Watercolour heightened with silver on buff paper, Krishna sits on the ground before his love Radha his hands at her feet as she sits on a low stool and turns away in shyness clutching the edge of her odhni, both figures wear brightly coloured robes and silver jewellery and sit in front of a tree with their hair unbound, mounted, framed and glazed
    16¼ x 10 in. (41.2 x 25.5 cm.)

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    For a very similar Kalligat painting with the same theme see the sale of 'The Scholar's Vision: The Pal Family Collection' sold Christie's New York, 20 March 2008, lot 315. The theme was a favourite in bhakti literature for demonstrating devotion to Krishna. See also J. Jain, Kalighat Painting: Images from a Changing World, 1999, pp. 83-84, fig. 80 and 81 for similar compositions.

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