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An Illustration from the Sunder Shringar: Krishna gazes longingly at Radha as she prepares to leave him 
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION

An Illustration from the Sunder Shringar: Krishna gazes longingly at Radha as she prepares to leave him 
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 59,375 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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An Illustration from the Sunder Shringar: Krishna gazes longingly at Radha as she prepares to leave him 
Krishna's adoring gaze is fixed upon Radha as she wipes the perspiration from her face before preparing to leave him after their night of love together.

Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper


image 5 3/4 by 9 1/4 in. (14.6 by 23.4 cm.)
folio 7 5/8 by 11 1/8 in. (19.3 by 28.2 cm.) unframed
circa 1780
India, Kangra or Guler
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Provenance

Acquired from the Royal Library of Mandi in 1969

Catalogue Note

The present and three following illustrations are from the Sunder Shringar, a poem detailing the moods of love and the classification of heroines or nayika bheda, composed in the mid-seventeenth century by the poet Sunder Kavi, a contemporary of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. In the present series, the characters of Radha and Krishna are used to present idealized notions of courtship and romance between the hero and heroine, which are celebrated in the poem.

There is a striking similarity between the present series and the famous Tehri Garhwal Gita Govinda album (see lot 205), which depicts another epic poem on the divinity of love, rendered in the same exquisite palette and delicate style. The refinement of the present group suggests that the artist was at least aware of the other series and may have even worked in that court atelier during the same period.

For other illustrations from the same series see Sotheby's New York, April 1, 2005, lots 110-113; September 20, 2005, lots 106-109; March 29, 2006, lots 149-152; September 19, 2006, lots 1-5 and March 19, 2008, lots 205-208. Another illustrated album on the same subject is reputedly in the collection of the Allahabad Museum.

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