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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 31

    THE TWO TREASURES SHANKHANIDHI AND PADMANIDHI

    BUNDI, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1690

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    THE TWO TREASURES SHANKHANIDHI AND PADMANIDHI
    BUNDI, RAJASTHAN, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1690
    A rare depiction of Shanka and Padma, two treasures (nidhi) of the god of Wealth Kubera, opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, he with ash-covered body, she with red skin, each with third frontal eye and crescent moon, they sit on a lotus, embracing each other, each holding a conch and a flowering lotus, banana and other trees at either side, with black and white rules and red border, two devanagari inscriptions at top, the reverse with English inscription in pencil 'God of Love, Kama/Dev with wife'
    7 x 10¼in. (17.6 x 26cm.)


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    Provenance

    Acquired before 1991.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot is illustrated in the top left corner in the printed catalogue, p24.

    This is a painting of two Treasures (Nidhis) of the god of Wealth Kubera, Shankha (the conch) and Padma (the lotus) and are not personified attributes of Vishnu.