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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    A LARGE ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: LADIES PICKING FLOWERS TO MAKE GARLANDS

    PANNA, CENTRAL INDIA, CIRCA 1700-20

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    A LARGE ILLUSTRATION TO A RAGAMALA SERIES: LADIES PICKING FLOWERS TO MAKE GARLANDS
    PANNA, CENTRAL INDIA, CIRCA 1700-20
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, three ladies feed a parakeet perched in a tree, a marble pavilion to their right, another sits and leans against a bolster placed on a raised platform, a fountain behind, other ladies are busy collecting flowers, a sunset skyline at top, the reverse with two lines of black and red devanagari script at top, mounted
    15 x 10 3/8in. (38 x 26.5cm.)


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    This large and fine illustration from a ragamala set is heavily influenced by Mughal painting. However it appears to come from Panna in Madhya Pradesh. Three other paintings from this series are in the Konrad Seitz Collection and published in Konrad Seitz, Orchha, Datia, Panna: Miniaturen von der rajputischen Höfen Bundelkhands (1580-1820), 2015, cat. 56.1-56.3. Other folios are published in Vicky Ducrot, Four Centuries of Rajput Painting, from the collection of Isabella and Vicky Ducrot, Turin, 2009, MW10, p.197 and Karl Khandavala et al., Miniature Painting from the Sri Motichand Khajanchi Collection, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, 1960, pp.44-45, no.57-a-c. It seems difficult to identify the present ragamala scenes but according to Eberling, a lady stringing garlands can be identified as Kamod Ragini (Klaus Ebeling, Ragamala Painting, Basel, 1973, cat. 260, p.260).