• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 300

    KABIR, THE MYSTICAL WEAVER, WITH A DISCIPLE AND YOUNG VISITOR

    SIGNED MANGAL CHATTERRA, PROBABLY AMBER OR MUGHAL INDIA, CIRCA 1760

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    KABIR, THE MYSTICAL WEAVER, WITH A DISCIPLE AND YOUNG VISITOR
    SIGNED MANGAL CHATTERRA, PROBABLY AMBER OR MUGHAL INDIA, CIRCA 1760
    Gouache heightened with gold on paper, a prince wearing embroidered trousers and red turban, a sword and katar tucked into his belt, kneels watching a weaver at work, his loom before him and apprentice to his side, behind them a small hut and silvery lake with a palace on the horizon, before them another silvery stream, small gold signature along the lower edge which reads kalam Mangal Chatterra ka, small areas of staining, laid down between gold and polychrome borders on pink card with with gold floral illumination
    Miniature 9 x 6¼in. (22.8 x 15.7cm.)


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    Kabir was a humble weaver and hardy realist of the late 15th century who embraced pantheism. With his wise, spiritual admonitions that he imparted to people regardless of religion or station, he became admired and respected by all. This miniature follows a traditional composition of the subject, and is similar to a Mughal version in The St. Petersburg Muraqqa', which is dated late 17th/early 18th century (Milan, 1996, pl.40/folio 68 recto).

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    Literature

    Patrick Carré, Dieux, tigres et amours. Miniatures indiennes du XVe au XXe siècle, Spain, 1993, pp.48-49