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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

RAMA AND LAKSHMANA DEPART AYODHYA: A FOLIO FROM A RAMAYANA SERIES
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321

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

RAMA AND LAKSHMANA DEPART AYODHYA: A FOLIO FROM A RAMAYANA SERIES
Estimate
8,00012,000
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Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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RAMA AND LAKSHMANA DEPART AYODHYA: A FOLIO FROM A RAMAYANA SERIES
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 12 by 17 1/4 in. (30.5 by 43.2 cm)
folio: 13 1/2 by 18 3/4 in. (33 by 45.7 cm)
India, Pahari, Garwhal, circa 1820-30
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Provenance

Acquired mid-1990's

Catalogue Note

Rama accompanied by Lakshmana in discussion with kings and nobles in the white marble palace complex of Ayodhya, then shown leaving in a horse-drawn chariot. Peacocks stride between the compartmentalized elements of the scene.  In simultaneous action the zig-zagging composition of architecture and green lawn visually interconnect the scenes with the narrative. Blue-black gold foliate design borders with mauve-pink margins.

This and the following lot are from the period of  Garwhal that has been described by W. G. Archer as "Phase Three" circa 1815-1875.  Numerous series were apparently painted there including at least one sizable Ramayana series from which our paintings originate.  Among the artists at work there were Jwala Ram (son of Mola Ram - from the previous generation at Garwhal) and Chaitu whose name is known via an inscribed Ramayana illustration in the Bharat Kala Bhavan, Benaras, found in W.G. Archer, Indian Painting from the Punjab Hills, London, 1973, vol. I, p. 120-1 and vol. II, p. 90, cat. 35.

Our paintings are consistent with attributed works by Chaitu in color palette, spare compositions with smoothly curving horizon lines and schematic cloud shapes with distinctive facial types and polished surfaces.

For similar work, see Sotheby's London, 17 June 1999, lot 54, and P. D. Colnaghi, London, 1978, p. 108, cat. 88.

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

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