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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 37

    AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE SURSAGAR OF SURDAS

    MEWAR, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1750

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    AN ILLUSTRATION TO THE SURSAGAR OF SURDAS
    MEWAR, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1750
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the various scenes set in a luxuriant landscape, Shiva seated in a rocky cave at top, Krishna within a forest hut below, worshipped by ladies, a procession with a ruler on horseback in the centre, the blind sage and author Surdas depicted against a red ground pavilion in the upper right hand corner, five lines of devanagari text within a yellow cartouche at top, in yellow, black and white rules with red borders, loss in upper left border
    12¾ x 13¾in. (32.3 x 34.8cm.)


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    This scene juxtaposes Krishna and Radha in their forest grove with the divine couple of Vishnu and Parvati in their mountain abode. For a similar slightly earlier illustration to the Sursagar dated to circa 1725-35 see Andrew Topsfield, Court Painting at Udaipur, Zurich, 2001, no.124, p.149.

    Provenance

    Acquired before 1991.