• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 868

    A painting of the Food Festival (Chhapan Bhog)

    INDIA, KOTAH, SAMVAT 1957 (1883 AD)

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    A painting of the Food Festival (Chhapan Bhog)
    India, Kotah, Samvat 1957 (1883 AD)
    Depicting a large palace with various groups of people including ladies, musicians and a ruler with his attendants, surrounding the palace a lush landscape with trees filled with monkeys, pigeons, squirrels, peacocks, and a group of soldiers approaching with two elephants from the right of the composition, on the left two men are engaged in a wrestling match and a European conducts a band, minor creasing and flaking of paint, mounted on card
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper
    23½ x 30¼ in. (60.5 x 76.7 cm.)

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    This miniature depicts the celebration of the food festival (chhapan bhog) organised by Raja Chhatarsal 1st (installed in 1758), in honour of the Lord Brijnath Ji. It is set in the Chhatarvilas Palace of Kotah.
    Chhatarsal of Kotah is also depicted in a miniature in the collection of Kunvar Sangram Singh of Nawalgarh, which is dated 1764 (Milo Cleveland Beach, Rajput Painting at Bundi and Kota, 1974, Fig. 89). Another, circa 1760, is in the Severance Millikan Collection, Cleveland (Beach, op. cit., fig. 82).

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