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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 35

    AN ASSEMBLY OF VAISHNAVA PANDITS

    NATHDWARA, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1850

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    AN ASSEMBLY OF VAISHNAVA PANDITS
    NATHDWARA, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1850
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold, a plump bare-chested priest sits facing forward on a white mat, other devotees around him sit on a large red carpet with gold and white foliage, some recite prayers, a garland of green leaves above, with green borders decorated with silver foliage
    13 3/8 x 15½ in. (34 x 39.4cm.)


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    The tilaks (marks on the forehead) indicate that these men and their sons are followers of a certain aspect of Vishnu. One of the manuscripts starts with an invocation (sri gopijanavallabha) which is common in texts belonging to the Vallabhacharyas or followers of the pushti marg. For a short discussion on Vallabhacharya, see the preceding lot.

    Provenance

    Sotheby’s, London, 18 October 1996, lot 36.