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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 709

    A Lady Breastfeeding an Infant

    INDIA, KISHANGARH, CIRCA 1735

    Price Realised  

    A Lady Breastfeeding an Infant
    India, Kishangarh, circa 1735
    Seated on a low throne with a bolster for support, wearing a floral lengha and pink choli and diaphanous purple odhini printed with gold motifs, pearl and emerald jewelry abundant and her forehead smeared with turmeric, cradling the infant in her lap
    Ink, opaque and transparent pigments, and gold, on paper
    12 x 8¼ in. (30 x 21 cm.), excluding borders


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    The present and next works are examples of highly finished large-scale drawings with delicately applied color that are characteristic of the Kishangarh atelier prior to the 1740s. Compare with A Lady Playing the Tanpura at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1996.100.1); see Kossak, Indian Court Painting: 16th-19th Century, 1997, p. 96, cat. no. 57.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE LOS ANGELES COLLECTION