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A carved ivory plaque with a courting couple, South India, 18th century
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A carved ivory plaque with a courting couple, South India, 18th century
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A carved ivory plaque with a courting couple, South India, 18th century
comprising two plaques set together, carved in relief and engraved, depicting a courting couple within an architectural interior, mounted on wooden base
21 by 19.8cm. 
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Provenance

The Palace of Mysore, Karnataka.
Ex-collection Pierre Jourdan Barry.

Catalogue Note

This intricate low relief carving on ivory depicts a courtly couple relaxing under a fringed canopy within a pavilion supported by baluster shaped columns. It constitutes one of several remaining plaques that were used in the construction of ivory doors for the palace of Mysore in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Stylised designs of courtly couples such as this one would have adorned the eight compartments of each door surrounded by a floral border. As a result of the significant damage suffered by the palace of Mysore in the centuries since its construction in the fourteenth century, its remaining interior decoration was dismantled and dispersed.

Comparable carved plaques are located in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich (inv. no.RVI415), and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (inv. no.82.083).

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