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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

THE APPEARANCE OF PARASURAMA: A FOLIO FROM A DISPERSED RAMAYANA SERIES
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

THE APPEARANCE OF PARASURAMA: A FOLIO FROM A DISPERSED RAMAYANA SERIES
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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THE APPEARANCE OF PARASURAMA: A FOLIO FROM A DISPERSED RAMAYANA SERIES
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 14 1/2 by 9 in. (35.6 by 22.8 cm)
folio: 15 3/4 by 10 1/4 in. (38.1 by 25.4 cm)
India, Mewar, Udaipur, circa 1700
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Provenance

Sam Fogg Ltd., London
Acquired circa 1999

Catalogue Note

Parasurama the sixth Avatar of Vishnu, appears before King Dasaratha, along with Rama and his brothers Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna - carrying his ax and the bow of Vishnu.  He encounters the party of Dasaratha on their journey back to Ayodhya after the wedding of Rama and Sita.  Nimbate (haloed) and bare chested against a black-green ground, carrying his ax and the bow of Vishnu.  He raises his hand in a mudra, challenging Rama to lift the bow.  Rama agrees easily stringing an arrow - thus revealing his true divinity to Parasurama.   A white sky band and blue heavens and a gold sun. 

An extremely fine pothi (horizontally oriented) folio from the reign of Maharana Amar Singh II (1672-1710) of Udaipur, whose nimbate portrait may be discerned here in the guise of the bearded Parasurama.  Text in two lines of black ink Devanagari script in the yellow panel at top.  Red outer borders with black ruled lines.  Other folios from this important dispersed Ramayana from Mewar are in museum and private collections worldwide.

For relatable works, see A. Topsfield, 'Court Painting at Udaipur: Art Under the Patronage of the Maharanas of Mewar', in Artibus Asiae Sup. 44, Zurich, 2001.

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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