256
256
North India and Persia
DURGA AND BRAHMA BATTLING KARINDRASURA, THE REVERSE WITH TWO COUPLETS IN NASTA’LIQ COPIED BY MIR AMIN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
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256
North India and Persia
DURGA AND BRAHMA BATTLING KARINDRASURA, THE REVERSE WITH TWO COUPLETS IN NASTA’LIQ COPIED BY MIR AMIN
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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North India and Persia
DURGA AND BRAHMA BATTLING KARINDRASURA, THE REVERSE WITH TWO COUPLETS IN NASTA’LIQ COPIED BY MIR AMIN
opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, framed
leaf: 18.3 by 26.7cm., 7 3/16 by 10 1/2 in. painting: 15.4 by 23.5cm., 6 1/16 by 9 1/4 in.
Mughal and Safavid, early 17th century
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Provenance

Christie's, London, 10 July 1975, lot 35

Christie's, London, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including a Private Collection donated to benefit The University of Oxford, Part IV, 10 October 2013, lot 175

Catalogue Note

This finely drawn illustration depicts Durga with various vehicles and the multi-headed Brahma surrounding the elephant demon Karindrasura. The drawing is executed in the nim-qalam style popular in the Mughal court at the beginning of the seventeenth century. It is difficult to determine if works from this period were commissioned by Emperor Akbar or Prince Salim as they both favoured the nim-qalam technique and had a shared fascination with other religions. At this time Prince Salim, the future Emperor Jahangir, was at Allahabad where he brought together a small group of artists led by the Persian artist Aqa Reza. Allahabad Fort was built by Akbar on an area overlooking the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, that was sacred to Hindus. The spiritual character of the city was sometimes reflected in the themes of the manuscripts produced by Salim's artists, including the Raj Kunvar c.1603-1604.

The calligraphy on the reverse is by Mir Muhammad Amin who was the grandson of Mir 'Imad al Hassani. Two of his album pages are in the Gulistan Library (see Mehdi Bayani 1346sh., pp.647-648)

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London