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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 733

    Two Nakshatras of Hanuman


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    Two Nakshatras of Hanuman
    India, 19th century
    The first with the god as a five-headed animal god trodding over a female figure and a rat, holding various weapons and auspicious implements in his ten arms; the second depicting Hanuman striding forward; both filled with and surrounded by extensive annotations
    17¼ x 12 5/8 in. (43.8 x 32 cm.), the first
    14¾ x 11¾ in. (37.4 x 29.8 cm.), the second (2)

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    Nakshatras are Vedic horoscope charts, usually generated prior to arranging a marriage to ensure compatibility between the potential partners, or at the birth of a child to assist in the naming ceremony. They were generated by a yati, a kind of gurus who lived in Jain monasteries and maintained records of births, marriages and deaths within Jain communities, but did not necessarily subscribe to the philosophy and would often incorporate figures that typically associated with Hinduism into these charts.