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300

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

RADHA AND KRISHNA INTERTWINE DURING HOLI
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7,0009,000
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300

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

RADHA AND KRISHNA INTERTWINE DURING HOLI
Estimate
7,0009,000
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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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RADHA AND KRISHNA INTERTWINE DURING HOLI
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 8 1/4 by 5 3/4 in. (20.3 by 12.7 cm)
folio: 9 1/4 by 6 3/4 in. (23 by 15.24 cm)
India, Rajasthan, Malpura, mid-18th Century
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Provenance

Acquired 1982

Catalogue Note

A joyful Radha throws handfuls of red powder - red stains everywhere - a handmaiden gets some in her eye as another taps a colorful rounded drum.  Pairs of geese swim serenely in the river beyond.

Possibly a version of Vasant Ragini.  Krishna and Radha hold each other close during Holi - the festival celebrating the season of Spring and the promise of fertility.  Standing icon-like on a golden jeweled and velvet plinth they seem to intertwine and become as one.  A verdant leafy tree forming a green canopy, spreading out above them.  With black inner and red outer borders with white ruled lines.

The inclusion of the maiden beating the drum is interesting.  The drum beat may be seen as an archetypal element implying the rhythmic progression of the seasons.  Another somewhat earlier Rajasthani painting, from Sirohi depicting Vasant Ragini, shows a related composition with the handmaiden playing a nearly identical yellow and red-ringed hand-drum; see Sherman Lee, Rajput Painting, New York, 1960, p. 55, cat 53.

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

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