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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Śiva stands on a low pedestal, his right foot slightly raised, with Gaṇeśa sitting on an asana (throne) to his left. Śiva carries in his upper right hand the damaru (hourglass shaped drum) and in his upper left the trishula (trident). His lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra. The goddess Gaṅgā peers out of his matted locks and the crescent moon is placed above the tripundra (three horizontal lines) on his forehead. He wears a splendid dhoti and angavastra (shawl) instead of the usual tiger skin. The red-complexioned Gaṇeśa carries in his hands: an ankusha (elephant goad) and pasha (noose) in his upper right and upper left respectively, the broken tusk and the laddu (sweetmeats) in his lower hands. Tripundras are drawn on his forehead, trunk and arms. A large snake is wound around his waist.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 26.50 centimetres
Height: 29.50 centimetres
Width: 21.50 centimetres (of the image)
Width: 23.50 centimetres (of the page)
- 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’
Exhibited in the King's Library Sep 2007 to Jan 2008.
- basically good, but bumped at the edges.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Formerly in the possession of Edward Moodie'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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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 24 (top left)