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A princess and attendants visit a lingam shrine, India, Oudh, provincial Mughal, late 18th century
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A princess and attendants visit a lingam shrine, India, Oudh, provincial Mughal, late 18th century
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A princess and attendants visit a lingam shrine, India, Oudh, provincial Mughal, late 18th century
gouache with gold on paper, dark blue inner borders
painting: 23.6 by 15.3cm.
leaf: 33.2 by 27.5cm.
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Provenance

Ex-collection Joe and Hellen Darion, New York.
Acquired from the Olsen Foundation, Bridgeport, Conn.

Exhibited

Olsen Travelling Exhibition, Persian Miniature no.122 (label on reverse of frame).
On loan:
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1962 (loan number Olsen Persian Miniature TL.62.10.122, label on reverse of frame).

Catalogue Note

This atmospheric scene amalgamates two aspects normally treated separately. In the upper left a princess with a female attendant visits a lingam shrine where a yogi tends a fire; in the right and lower parts of the composition a lady bathes in a river with three female attendants. The latter vignette is probably taken from an illustration of Shirin bathing while watched by Khusrau (from Nizami’s Khamsa), especially the central two figures of the lady being modestly covered by her attendant while looking up and to her right. The former subject, depicting Bhairavi Ragini, was widely popular at this time, and the latter subject continued to be illustrated throughout the late Mughal period (see, for example, sale in these rooms, 9 December 1975, lot 64), its iconography mingling with other scenes adapted from Indian sources (e.g. Christie’s New York, 3 October 1990, lot 33).

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