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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Chandrashekharamurti, a form of Śiva , stands in samabhanga on a low pedestal. On the left side of his topknot, in the immediate proximity of Gaṅgā’s face, the crescent moon is visible. In his upper right and left hands Śiva carries the damaru (hour glass shaped drum) and the mriga (gazelle), his lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra. Chandrashekharamurti wears a dhoti with side sashes, an angavastra (shawl) is draped over his elbow, and he wears jewellery.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 24.50 centimetres
Height: 29.30 centimetres
Width: 22.90 centimetres (size of page)
Width: 21 centimetres (size of the drawings)
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2010:
The portfolio consists of sixty-three paintings on loose sheets of paper. The series includes images of deities, mendicants and ritual scenes such as a wedding and cremation. Executed on European laid and water-marked paper, with the date 1816 appearing on one sheet, the paintings must have been produced in the immediately following years, c. 1820. There is much use of gold paint and brilliant colours, which is still bright, evidence of the portfolio having been kept closed for long periods since its creation.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 Aug 4 – Nov 15, China, Shanghai Museum, ‘India: The Art of the Temple’
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Formerly in the possession of the last owner’s maternal great-uncle, Rupert Richardson-Gardner, who worked in India in the 1930s. However, given the presence of auction room stickers on several of the paintings (one provides the date of the sale – June 15th 1977), it is more likely that the portfolio was acquired by him during his post-war career in Christie’s (he was a specialist in carpets and rugs, but, given his previous career in India, he probably maintained an interest in things Indian which he saw passing through the sale-rooms).
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