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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    INDRAJIT OF ORCCHA DURING THE SWING FESTIVAL

    DATIA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1753

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    INDRAJIT OF ORCCHA DURING THE SWING FESTIVAL
    DATIA, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1753
    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the maharaja wears bright yellow robes and turban, seated on a dais under an awning, he holds a rose in his left hand, with the right he pulls a cord enabling the shrine of Krishna and Radha to swing, courtiers seated behind him, musicians playing music before him, a fine garden and banana trees behind, peacocks frolicking by a silver pond in the foreground, in black borders above and below
    11½ x 16¾in. (29 x 42.5cm.)


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    Rao Indrajit Singhji (1727-1762, r.1733-1762) is clearly identified by a nagari inscription in the lower part of the painting (sri rau i?drajitju dev) as well as on verso (rav i?drajitju). He kneels on a masnad below an awning at the bank of a river or lake and, with the help of a string keeps with his right hand a swing in motion. The swing resembles a shrine with the image of a fluting Krishna, probably Shri Bihariji, who turns round to a lady who offers a banta (a box with betel-preparations). A lady worshipper holds a morchl above the idol, while an orchestra behind her praises Krishna with its songs. A painting showing this ruler in an almost identical position in apparently the same garden is dated V.S.1810 (1753 C.E.) and is published in Stuart Cary Welch, Milo Cleveland Beach, Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks, Northern Indian Paintings from two traditions: Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 1965, cat.38, p.82.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 25 March 1987, lot 58.