INDIA | RAJASTHAN

Karthikeyi
India, Rajasthan
c. 19th century
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper

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Karthikeyi
India, Rajasthan
c. 19th century
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper
13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm.)

Saraswati
India, Rajasthan
c. 19th century
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper

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Saraswati
India, Rajasthan
c. 19th century
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper
13 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 cm.)

Coronation of a Maharaja 
India, Rajasthan
c. 1800
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper

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Coronation of a Maharaja 
India, Rajasthan
c. 1800
Opaque watercolors with gold on paper
Folio: 11 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (28.5 x 38.7 cm.)
Image: 9 1/4 X 12 1/2 in. (23.5 x 31.7 cm.)

An Illustration from the Bhagavata Purana: Krishna Slaying the Bull Demon (Arishtasura)
India, Rajasthan
Mid-18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper

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An Illustration from the Bhagavata Purana: Krishna Slaying the Bull Demon (Arishtasura)
India, Rajasthan
Mid 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
6 x 10 1/8 in. (15 x 25.8 cm.)

Provenance:
2014.021: London Art Market, 2014
Christie’s, New York, 26-27 September 2017, Lot 228

A Leaf from a Ragamala
India, Rajasthan 
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper

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A Leaf from a Ragamala
India, Rajasthan 
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
Folio: 11 1/4 x 8 in. (28.5 x 20.3 cm.)
Image: 8 1/2 x 6 in. (21.6 x 15.2 cm.)

A Leaf from a Ragamala
India, Rajasthan
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper

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A Leaf from a Ragamala
India, Rajasthan
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
Folio: 11 x 8 1/4 in. (27.9 x 20.9 cm.)
Image: 9 x 6 in. (22.8 x 15.2 cm.)

Maharaja Prithi Singh
India, Rajasthan
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper

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Maharaja Prithi Singh
India, Rajasthan
c. 18th century
Opaque pigments and gold on paper
9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (23.5 x 19 cm.)

Krishna Saves the Unconscious Gopas
India, Rajasthan
Dated 1693 (Samvat 1750)
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

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Krishna Saves the Unconscious Gopas
India, Rajasthan
Dated 1693 (Samvat 1750)
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper
Folio: 9 5/18 x 11 3/4 in. (23.6 x 29.8 cm.)
Image: 6 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (17.5 x 24.8 cm.)

An Illustrated Folio to the Bhagavata Purana Book 10
Salmon-buff borders with black and white rules – cut and applied on
(Likely) Ex Collection: The Maharaja of Bikaner
Verso: inked-over inventory seal (c. 1968) of the Library of the Maharaja of Bikaner. Numbered 627
The signature of Khet Singh below (inked-over).
Black ink Devanagari script

Krishna restores the unconscious gopas (cowherds) to health after they drink the waters of the Jumuna River poisoned by the naga Kaliya.

For another folio from the same series see: Bonhams London October 2010 Lot 292. For a Basohli version of the episode:A. Poster, Realms of Heroism Brooklyn Museum 1994 Cat.193 p.239.Ref:Goetz, H. The Art and Architecture of Bikaner State Oxford 1950.

An Illustration from the Bhagavata Purana: Krishna Slaying Arishta
India, Rajasthan
Mid 18th century
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper

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An Illustration from the Bhagavata Purana: Krishna Slaying Arishta
India, Rajasthan
Mid 18th century
Opaque watercolor with gold on paper
Folio: 7 x 10 in. (17.7 x 25.4 cm.)
Image: 3 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (9.5 x 19 cm.)

Provenance:
2014.021: London Art Market, 2014

Christie’s, New York, 26-27 September 2017, Lot 228

A broad landscape with sparse yet intricately designed foliage unfolds across the painting, distant cloudlike mountains appear in the background. Five cows stand to the right, vigilant onlookers anxious to witness the outcome of the fight between Krishna and the bull demon Arishta. Balarama stands behind Krishna, garbed primarily in jewelry with weapon raised high, ready to aid should his lord falter.
This scene originates from chapter 36 of book 10 of the Bhagavata Purana. The demon Arishta came to Vrindavana where Krishna was residing and started to wreak havoc to get the god’s attention, uprooting trees and attacking people so that they ran away screaming for Krishna to rescue them. Tending to his cows away from the town, Krishna heard the cries for help and returned to face Arishta. The bull charged Krishna but was thwarted when he was caught by the horns and thrown a far distance. Unperturbed, the bull again charged the god but this time Krishna ripped one of the horns from the demon’s head and impaled him with it, claiming victory. This action is preemptively illustrated in the current example, depicting the moment right before Krishna’s triumph. Arishta kicks his back legs in protest and jerks his head down to escape Krishna’s grasp, but it is clear that the bull cannot best the mighty deity.

Leaf from a Ragamala: Courting Scene
India, Rajasthan
Late 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper

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Leaf from a Ragamala: Courting Scene
India, Rajasthan
Late 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper
15 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (40 x 26.8 cm.)

Leaf from a Ragamala: Two Ladies in a Courtyard
India, Rajasthan
Late 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper

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Leaf from a Ragamala: Two Ladies in a Courtyard
India, Rajasthan
Late 18th century
Gouache heightened with gold on paper
15 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (40 x 26.8 cm.)