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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 276

    AN INDIAN MULTI-NICHE PRAYER DHURRIE

    EARLY 20TH CENTURY, DECCAN

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    AN INDIAN MULTI-NICHE PRAYER DHURRIE
    EARLY 20TH CENTURY, DECCAN
    Of large size, with a blue and white palette, with saf design, with light surface marks, some fading and spots of wear
    22 ft. x 7 ft. 3 in. (670 x 221 cm.)


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    This monumental multi-niche prayer dhurrie, or saf may have originally been commissioned for an idgah (the open space used during the id al-kabir, birthday of the Prophet, and id al-fitr, end of Ramadan). The use of blue and white has spiritual and mystical significance, being closely linked to the state of sama reached in prayers (see op cit., p. 149).

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    Provenance

    A mosque in Hyderabad, India.


    Literature

    Illustrated on the back cover of Durries, Nada Chaldecott, London, 2003.