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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 261

    TODI RAGINI

    BIKANER, CIRCA 1680

    Price Realised  

    TODI RAGINI
    BIKANER, CIRCA 1680
    From a Ragamala series, gouache heightened with gold on paper, a disconsolate maiden, finely dressed in a transparent white robe over gold brocade pyjamas, pines for her lover, her handmaiden stands beside her and before them a yogini plays the vina, she and her companion dressed in pink and orange, in the foreground stand a black buck and a pair of deer and heron and beyond them the sea with a raft with a purple and orange canopy, a pink palace stands on the hill-top to the left of the composition, between gold and turquoise borders and laid down on an ivory album leaf with gold floral cartouches, mounted, framed and glazed
    10 x 6 5/8in. (25.4 x 16.5cm.)


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    For a similar composition depicting Todi Ragini see Toby Falk and Mildred Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, London, 1981, no. 505VI, p. 529. That example is attributed to Bikaner, circa 1650.

    For further discussion on the black buck see lot 278.

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    Provenance

    The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's London, 5 May 1977, lot 97