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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 59

    AN ILLUSTRATED FOLIO FROM A GAJA SALOTE (ELEPHANT ALMANAC): THE ELEPHANT SALHAI

    JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, VS 1881/1824 AD

    Estimate

    AN ILLUSTRATED FOLIO FROM A GAJA SALOTE (ELEPHANT ALMANAC): THE ELEPHANT SALHAI
    JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, VS 1881/1824 AD
    From an almanac, opaque pigments on paper, the elephant carrying his mahout, harnessed and carrying a howdah, his head painted and bejewelled, on blue background, within yellow, red and black rules, inscription in black devanagari script at top, mounted, framed and glazed
    The painting 7 ¾ x 5 ½in. (19.7 x 14cm.) ; page 9 ¼ x 7 ½in. (23.5 x 19cm.)


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    The Gaja Salote (elephant almanac) is a manuscript that describes elephants from different parts of the country, their qualities, diseases and treatments. Another folio, depicting Gaindmala, an elephant from the eastern province of Assam is in the Cincinnati Art Museum (Ellen S. Smart and Daniel S. Walker, Pride of the Princes: Indian Art of the Mughal Era in the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, 1985, cat. 38). According to the manuscript's colophon, it was written by Shyam Vaid and completed in VS 1881/1824 AD. The patron might have been Rao Asi Singhji of Mukhtapur. Other pages were sold at Christie's, London, 11 and 12 June 1984, lot 61 and 4 July 1985, lot 9.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Colnaghi, London, 5 June 1979


    Saleroom Notice

    This Lot is Withdrawn.