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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A GURU RECEIVES A STRINGED INSTRUMENT
Estimate
5,0007,000
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308

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A GURU RECEIVES A STRINGED INSTRUMENT
Estimate
5,0007,000
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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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A GURU RECEIVES A STRINGED INSTRUMENT
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 9 1/4 by 6 3/4 in. (2.5 by 15.2 cm)
India, Deccan, possibly Hyderabad, mid-/late 18th Century
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Provenance

Private Dutch collection
Acquired circa 1989

Catalogue Note

A very fine depiction of a cloaked holy man, seated on a tigerskin rug leaning on his crook.  He gazes at a small stringed instrument presented by a devotee, who holds it up delicately with one hand, lightly plucking at the strings.  Seated in a circle of yogis, playing drum and cymbals - with another seated with legs bound.  Beneath stylized trees.

Our painting has Deccani characteristics, probably painted at or near Hyderabad, as noted in the highly stylized trees, nim qalam (half-painted) manner as well as the extremely fine quality of the faces of the yogis. 

Possibly attributable to the artist Masud - a Mughal artist active in the mid-Eighteenth Century.  This attribution is based upon another colored drawing of ascetics almost certainly by the same hand in the Victoria and Albert Museum London which is attributed there to Masud (V&A IM.289-1913).

An old label, affixed to the verso of the painting, is inscribed in Dutch in an early Nineteenth Century hand.

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

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