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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A MAIDEN HOLDING A GOLDEN FLASK AND CUP
ATTRIBUTABLE TO RUKNUDDIN
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A MAIDEN HOLDING A GOLDEN FLASK AND CUP
ATTRIBUTABLE TO RUKNUDDIN
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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A MAIDEN HOLDING A GOLDEN FLASK AND CUP
ATTRIBUTABLE TO RUKNUDDIN
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 5 1/2 by 2 3/4 in. (14 by 5 cm)
India, Rajasthan, Bikaner, circa 1690
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Provenance

Collection of The Maharaja of Bikaner
Acquired circa 1987

Catalogue Note

A beautiful maiden stands on a tiny grass-tufted hillock, against a verdigris ground, holding a jeweled flask with matching cup - a diaphanous dupatta over her mauve payjama and sheer choli.  Her exquisite golden pearl and emerald feathered cap and fine jewels indicate her royal bearing.  The details of her cap reveal a remarkable - almost microscopic - complexity in its individual jewels and gold decoration.

Likely attributable to the Mughal-trained artist Ruknuddin (active 1650-97) who was active in the royal workshop of Maharaja Anup Singh (r. 1669-98) of Bikaner during whose reign our painting was almost certainly executed.  He was one of the eminent names to have emerged from that atelier and his specialty seems to have been exquisitely rendered court ladies like our present example.  The very high quality of our present portrait suggests the hand of the master of that studio Ruknuddin.  Perhaps more than any other Rajasthani school Bikaner was at the intersecting point of Rajasthani, Mughal and Deccani painting traditions - our own painting revealing the influences of all three. 

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

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