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A painting of The Annunciation

INDIA, OUDH, SECOND HALF OF 18TH CENTURY

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A painting of The Annunciation
India, Oudh, second half of 18th century
One side depicting a woman wrapped in a white garment kneeling before a figure with multicolored wings who offers her a cup, with a prayer book, candelabra and other accoutrements to the left, all against a rocky landscape beneath a moonlit sky, with a signature in gold at lower left, surrounded by white, blue and peach borders decorated with gold and with a further inscription at center bottom; the other side with nasta'liq against a golden background filled with a lush floral and vine pattern and surrounded by a gold-flecked ivory borders, a stamp in Arabic script at lower right
Opaque pigments and gold on wasli
6 x 3 5/8 in. (15.5 x 9.5 cm.), image
16 5/8 x 11½ in. (42.5 x 29 cm.), folio
Provenance
Bernard Quaritch, London

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The black inscription within the peach border is a later caption saying "Hazrat Maryam," indicating the subject is the Virgin Mary. The gold signature most probably reads 'amal-i Shyam Das,' the name of the painter working in Oudh.

The nasta'liq on the other side is signed "Written by the servant, the sinner, 'Abd al-Rashid al-Daylami, May God forgive him." He was one of the highest-ranking Mughal calligraphers of his day and worked under Shah Jahan.

The seal reads: A'zam al-Daula Bahadur, 1186 (1772-73). This same seal has been found on two other paintings: Krishna swoons on a terrace at the sight of Radha by Fath Chand, Lucknow, ca. 1750-70 (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, IS 7-1957); and a panel of calligraphy with an image of two poets, Northern India, 1622, see J. Cummins, Indian Painting, 2006, plate 30, p. 68

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