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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 284

    A WOMAN WITH ANGELS

    MUGHAL INDIA, CALLIGRAPHY ON REVERSE DATED AH 1155/1742-3 AD

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    A WOMAN WITH ANGELS
    MUGHAL INDIA, CALLIGRAPHY ON REVERSE DATED AH 1155/1742-3 AD
    Grisaille brush drawing on paper, the miniature after the European original, a lady stands to the right of the composition with an angel kneeling at her feet, beyond them several more angels stand and fly, a mountain and cloud bands across the horizon, within an architectural border and laid down between a margin of pink paper with gold scrolling vine on blue card with small red nasta'liq inscription, minor worm holing, the reverse with a panel of black nasta'liq calligraphy arranged in 9 diagonal lines and laid down between blue and gold floral borders on brown card
    6 5/8 x 4in. (16.9 x 10.3cm.)


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    It seems likely that the miniature here pre-dates the calligraphy on the reverse. It is done in the style typical of the late 16th and early 17th century, when artists such as Kesu Das and Basawan were being influenced by European prints and paintings. The humanistic concern for true portraiture and individuality are traits which are typical of Mughal work independent from the Iranian tradition, and the European influence provided a new host of subjects, such as this, to which they could be applied.

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