INDIA | JAIPUR

Radha and Krishna with Mirror
India, Jaipur
c. 1830
Gouache and gold on paper

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Radha and Krishna with Mirror
India, Jaipur
c. 1830
Gouache and gold on paper
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24 x 19 cm.)

Provenance:
From the Collection of Françoise et Claude Bourelier

This scene is an illustration to the Rasikapriya by Keshav Das, the Indian court poet who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries. Upon looking into a mirror with his beloved Radha, Krishna saw the ruby on her forehead and was reminded of their former incarnations as Rama and Sita. More specifically, he thought of the time when Sita had entered a fiery enclave without hesitation under his command. The artist took great care in this rendering, elaborating not only on the foreground details, but also on the sprawling landscape behind the divine couple, creating a sense of depth with the scenes in the distance. A Garhwal comparable of the same subject dating to 1800 can be found in the collection of the National Museum in New Delhi (accession no. 49.19/129).

Leafs from a Ramayana Series 
India, Jaipur
c. 1800
Gouache heightened with gold

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Leafs from a Ramayana Series 
India, Jaipur
c. 1800
Gouache heightened with gold on paper 
Folio: 15 x 21 1/2 in. (38.1 x 54.6 cm.) 
Image: 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (26.7 x 41.3 cm.) 

The Ramayana is one of the great epics of India and considered to be an important part of the Hindu canon. By recounting the tale of Sita’s abduction, the epic deals with human values and dharma.

The continuous narrative format of this painted series depicts various events occurring on the same page, without segmentation. The most significant event shown in the featured leaf is the meeting of Rama and Lakshmana with Sugriva, the younger brother of Bali, King of the Vanara people. Rama agrees to slay Bali, allowing Sugriva to ascend the throne at which time he pledges his support to Rama & Lakshmana in rescuing Sita from Lanka.

Maharaja Jagat Singh of Jaipur
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur
Early 19th century
Opaque watercolors on paper

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Maharaja Jagat Singh of Jaipur
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur
Early 19th century
Opaque watercolors on paper
Folio: 12 x 8 1/4  in. (30.5 x 21 cm.)
Image: 10 x 6 1/4 in. (25.4 x 15.9 cm.)

Prince on Horse Back
India, Jaipur
c. 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold

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Prince on Horse Back
India, Jaipur
c. 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold
Folio: 11 x 13 1/2 in. (27.9 x 34.3 cm.)
Image: 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (23.5 x 29.2 cm.)

Leaf from the Bhagavata Purana: Vishnu Reclining on Shesha with his wife Lakshmi
India, Jaipur
c. 19th century

Gouache heightened with gold on paper

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Leaf from the Bhagavata Purana: Vishnu Reclining on Shesha with his wife Lakshmi
India, Jaipur
c. 19th century

Gouache heightened with gold on paper
6 x 9 2/3 in. (15.5 x 24.4 cm.)

Radha Feeding Peacocks
India, Jaipur
c. 19th century

Gouache heightened with gold on paper

 

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Radha Feeding Peacocks
India, Jaipur
c. 19th century

Gouache heightened with gold on paper
6 3/4 x 4 1/3 in. (17 x 11 cm.)