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    Sale 2024

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 440

    An illustration from the Megha Raga: Krishna playing a vina and dancing with gopis

    INDIA, BUNDELKHAND, CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    An illustration from the Megha Raga: Krishna playing a vina and dancing with gopis
    India, Bundelkhand, circa 1750
    The blue-skinned deity dancing at center and flanked by female musicians, a lotus-filled pond in the foreground and tall trees to the right, against a green background with a riotous blue sky filled with golden lightning above
    Opaque pigments and gold on wasli
    12½ x 9¼ in. (31.7 x 23.4 cm.), folio


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    Megha raga is the song of the rainy season. The inscription on the verso reads "31 Megh malar," the name of the ragini which is the thirty-first in the Ragamala tradition of northern India. Leaves from this Ragamala appeared on the market in 1950s, some of which were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Other leaves are in the Binney Collection in San Diego.

    Provenance

    Dr. W.B. Manley Collection, Guildford, Surrey, acquired in the 1960s
    Sotheby's London, 14 July 1971, lot 174
    Maggs Brothers, London, acquired in the mid 1970s
    Private Collection, Hertfordshire, acquired in the late 1970s to present


    Pre-Lot Text

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