Property from a Distinguished Private Collection
A GROUP OF FIVE FOLK PAINTINGS, NORTH INDIA, 16TH-19TH CENTURY
ink and opaque watercolour on paper
A: 32.2 by 32cm.
B: 16.5 by 18cm.
C: 20 by 14cm.
D: 34.4 by 38.5cm.
E: 26 by 16cm.
Some mounted on buff paper, some restorations, one with cello tape as illustrated on the image online, some stains and smudges, as viewed.
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Ex-collection Stuart Cary Welch (d.2008), sold in these rooms, 31 May 2011, lot 40 (A), lot 41 (B), lot 51 (C, D and E).
A. Shri Rama knowledge game board (Gyan Baji), inscribed in Devanagari, Rajasthan, late 18th-19th century.
B. Ganesh and Sarasvati, ascribed to Dayala, Marwar, Rajasthan, dated V.S 1646 (1589 AD).
C. Two pages from the Ramayana: Rama purues the golden deer while Ravana approaches Sita; Hanuman finds Sita in Ashoka Grove, Pahari, 18th century.
D. Hanuman drawn with yantras. Rama's name and and other mantras, Rajasthan, 19th century. This devotional image of Hanuman would have been used as a visual tool for meditation. Created by a devotee rather than a professional artist, this image is a fragment of larger full-figured Hanuman(pataka). The five animal heads (panchamukhi) emanating from his head are representations of Vishnu's incarnations and his vehicle. Representations of panchamukhi became popular in Rajasthan during the eighteenth century and were typically depicted with larger heads on either side of the monkey's face. In the present drawing, the name of Rama is used in repetition to form Hanuman's tongue, necklace and waistband.
E. Ganesh, North India, early 20th century.