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Indian Miniature Painting Goddess Durga Deccan Circa 1700 For Sale
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Deccan The Hindu devi (goddesss) Durga on her lion mount Circa 1700 Watercolour on wasli (paper hand-made for miniatures)
16.5 x 11cm (approx. 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches)With one foot on the howdah (platform) strapped to her lion vahana (mount) and the other on her lion's head stands the devi (Hindu goddess) Durga wielding all her weapon-attributes in a show of power and strength over forces of evil. Her form is as iconic is as possible - this painting looks to have been made to serve as a portable shrine for a devotee of this goddess, for the purpose of prayer, meditation and ritualistic offerings. However, it's condition implies that ritual worship, which involves much handling, must never have occurred and it must surely have been kept bundled and away from light and touch for its entire life. Simple in execution, the painter was nonetheless highly skilled with the proportions of the goddess and mount looking like they follow the sacred shastras (ancient prescriptive texts in Sanskrit) which determine such matters and verve in showing the lion's strength and presence in just a few lines of brush-drawn paint. A powerful and vibrant religious artwork! This differs from the standard Indian miniatures which are painted with opaque watercolour on wasli which has been painstakingly prepared by being burnished until the surface is entirely smooth and compact. This stops paint 'bleeding' into the paper and allows line brush-drawing to be as fine and controlled as the trained painter wishes. It is then given an all-over coat of white paint. Only then is it ready for painting. This picture is painted with translucent watercolour on untreated wasli which still has a textured surface with variations of tone. It is more usual to come across brush-drawings with applied colour which have come from artists' private portfolios, sometimes from generations before, originally never intended for sale, but this is not such an artist's practise piece. It is a finished piece, and was designed to look like this.
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Indian Miniature Painting Goddess Durga Deccan Circa 1700: $109