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25-26 APRIL 2012



A Folio from the Bhakti Ratnavali Series

Folio 811 of Siddhanta Bodh

c. 1760

Mewar School, Rajasthan

Size: 10.5 x 16.5 in (26.7 x 41.9 cm)
This is a beautifully executed painting of the Mewar School, which flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries in the principality of Mewar in Rajasthan. The painting dwells on imparting of religious knowledge on the existence and greatness of Lord Brahma by a teacher, to his students.

He says, "Brahma is supreme that is why he is the Guru. Brahma is ultimate - He who understands this truth is wise and who does not is ignorant. Shastras also say the same and the Vedas also say he is the Ultimate." In the forefront the teacher is seen twice, with his four students. This repetition shows continuity of teaching. They are all bare-bodied, with neatly worn colourful dhotis and angavastras (stoles worn on the upper half of the body). Their hair is tied in buns and decorated with flowers. All of them wear gold necklaces with pearls. Their foreheads are smeared with sandal paste. There is an air of reverence for the master as the students listen intently.

In the upper half one can see a seated saint. His head is covered with a customary cap. He holds scriptures on the life of Shri Rama in his hand. A male, dressed similarly to the saint but without a cap, and a winged female entity sit before him. Two deities are shown within two glowing, golden nimbuses. The characters are all seen against a lavender grey background, giving prominence to all. The fine condition, delicate outlining and lovely usage of gold make this a striking work. Paintings from Mewar are known for their use of bright colours.

Bhakti Ratnavali Folio

Published dimensions of this Lot are those of the full paper size and not the visible size of this Lot

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