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Shiva and Parvati on Kailasha, India, Mewar, circa 1720 
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
85
Shiva and Parvati on Kailasha, India, Mewar, circa 1720 
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Shiva and Parvati on Kailasha, India, Mewar, circa 1720 
gouache heightened with gold on paper 
painting: 40.3 by 25.7cm.
leaf: 49.8 by 34cm.
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Catalogue Note

The scene in this painting depicts Shiva and Parvati seated on a tiger skin outside their mountain abode of Kailasha. While Parvati lovingly gazes at her God-husband, they are venerated by a circle of devotees with clasped palms. The couple is flanked by their sons Ganesha and Skanda. Also in attendance are Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and other celestials together with planetary deities. The group is completed by the couple’s bull and tiger mounts seen in the immediate foreground.

The generous use of gold to highlight distinct elements of the painting, the stylistic floral pattern of the floor where the gathering is seated and in particular the winged apsaras in the foreground entertaining the gathering indicate a strong Deccani influence. Scholars including S.C. Welch, J. Seyller and J. Losty  have commented extensively about the impact of Decccani artists in Rajasthan and Pahari ateliers from the seventeenth century onwards, and this is clearly seen in the present painting.

For another example of Deccani influence in a Ragamala folio from the Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Part Two, see Sotheby’s London, 31 May 2011, lot 15.

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