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    Sale 12471

    Arts of India

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLES OF JUNAGARH

    PROBABLY RAJASTHAN OR GUJARAT, NORTH INDIA, SECOND HALF 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A VIEW OF THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLES OF JUNAGARH
    PROBABLY RAJASTHAN OR GUJARAT, NORTH INDIA, SECOND HALF 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Opaque pigments on cotton, the ground painted with an overview of a holy site within a lush mountainous landscape, a city on a river bank and ritual ablution basins in forest clearings dominated by seven peaks, each topped with a shrine, identified as Junagarh in devanagari script on the border
    46 1/8 x 47 7/8in. (117 x 121cm.)


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    Girnar is a group of mountains in the Junagarh district of Gujarat, sacred to both Hindus and Jains. It is home to a large number of Jain temples, the largest of which is the Neminath temple. A large map of pilgrim sites along the Ganges valley used similar conventions to depict mountains, with rounded pink boulders and was probably made in Rajasthan (sold at Christie's South Kensington, 12 June 2014, lot 196). The depiction of the city is typical of Jaipur cityscapes of the mid 19th century (see for instance four Jaipur illustrations offered at Christie's South Kensington, 11 October 2013, lot 565).