Lot 12
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Gouache on paper heightened with gold
Image: 8.75 x 12.5 in (22.4 x 31.9 cm)
Folio: 11 x 14.75 in (28 x 37.3 cm)


Property from a Distinguished Family Collection

Krishna in his many incarnations, has been a favourite among artists through the ages. He is interpreted in sculpture andpainting in his many forms ranging from the butter-loving child to the flute-playing charmer of humans and animals alike, and from the philosopher to the lover.

Based on Shribatta's devotional verses where each verse signifies the bliss of the sacred union, this painting of Krishna and Radha enjoying a meal presents the idea of a bower as a sacred space or an acting shrine. Attendants on either side bring them offerings, reiterating the idea of the bower as a place of devotion and worship.

For a similar painting of Radha and Krishna seated in an elaborate bower, with a broad red border, compare with Harsha Dehejia ed., A Celebration of Love: The Romantic Heroine in Indian Arts, New Delhi: Lustre Press Roli Books, 2004, p. 113 (illustrated)

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  Lot 12 of 87  

10-11 APRIL 2018

Rs 5,00,000 - 7,00,000
$7,815 - 10,940

Winning Bid
Rs 5,23,776
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


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