190
190
North India, Pahari hills
ILLUSTRATION FROM THE BHAGAVATA PURANA: EARTH IN THE FORM OF A COW PRESENTING ITSELF TO KING PRITHU
Estimate
4,0006,000
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190
North India, Pahari hills
ILLUSTRATION FROM THE BHAGAVATA PURANA: EARTH IN THE FORM OF A COW PRESENTING ITSELF TO KING PRITHU
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 10,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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North India, Pahari hills
ILLUSTRATION FROM THE BHAGAVATA PURANA: EARTH IN THE FORM OF A COW PRESENTING ITSELF TO KING PRITHU
opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, framed
leaf: 25.8 by 29.8cm., 10 1/8 by 11 3/4 in. painting: 23.7 by 27.2cm., 9 3/8 by 10 3/4 in.
first half of 19th century, circa 1820
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Catalogue Note

Painted in the style of, and by a follower of the artist Sajnu who came to Mandi from Kangra and Guler in the first decade of the nineteenth century. This period is referred to by Archer as 'Phase Two' at Mandi. Commissioned by Raja Isvari Sen to illustrate a Hamir Hath and Baramasa series, Sajnu brought with him the artistic conventions of the Kangra valley which promulgated a new style of painting at the court of Mandi, characterised by a formal architectural structure, softer palette and an awareness of naturalism that was a departure from Mandi's bold primitive style of the eighteenth century. For a discussion of the artist and his circle see Archer 1973 vol.I, pp.360-7, and vol.II, pp.273-281.

In this illustration King Prithu is visited by a cow who is a representation of Mother Earth. King Prithu ran a happy and law-abiding kingdom but unfortunately it suffered from a terrible famine that was a result of the sins of his predecessor King Vena who had plundered and pillaged Mother Earth's bounty. The scene depicts King Prithu agreeing to protect the cow by teaching his subjects how to farm the land appropriately.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London