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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 220



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    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, the Virgin Mary holding a book, with light green mantle with deep blue linen, dressed in bright orange with golden stripes, a bright halo around her head, in white archway with floral panels, below a vivid purple and green canopy, within illuminated gilt margins, laid down on card with gilt floral arabesque margins, some slight flaking, mounted and glazed
    Miniature 4½ x 2¾in. (11.4 x 6.9cm.); folio 8 3/8 x 6 5/8in. (21.3 x 16.7cm.)

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    From the 16th century, artists in India were beginning to be influenced by European artistic modes. This influence provided a new host of subjects, including religious ones, sometimes executed in a manner faithful to their European models and sometimes, as in the present example, with strong allusions to a more characteristically Indian style. The depiction here of the Virgin Mary wearing her distinctive blue mantle, though decorated with fine gold floral motifs and standing within a typically Indian architectural arch is an example of this merging of styles.

    Two earlier (ca. 1640-60) and more much more accurately rendered Deccani portrayals of the Virgin Mary are published in Toby Falk and Mildred Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, London, 1981, nos. 443 and 444i, pp. 519-20).

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