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    Sale 2112

    The Scholar's Vision: The Pal Family Collection

    20 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 261

    A painting of Harihara


    Price Realised  


    A painting of Harihara
    India, Pahari, 18th century
    The half blue, half white deity seated on a tiger skin, in front of a small fire, a flute in one hand and drum in the other, with a pennant on one side and a vase on the other, enclosed within concentric ovals
    Ink, opaque and transparent pigments, and gold on paper
    13 x 9½ in. (33 x 24.2 cm.)

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    Unlike other depictions of Harihari, the artist has substituted Krishna for Vishnu and has also reversed the two halves. The dress is also unusual, including the trident pendant, indicative of Shiva.