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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Rāma, unusually sporting a moustache, stands on a small pedestal. His deep blue complexion sets off the Vaishnava namams (emblems) drawn on his forehead and arms. He wears paduka, (wooden toe-knob sandals) and is sumptuously dressed and bejewelled, armed with a bow and an arrow. A quiver hangs from his right shoulder. A long floral garland is draped over his shoulders.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 22 centimetres
Height: 28.80 centimetres
Width: 21 centimetres (size of the image)
Width: 23.20 centimetres (size 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’
- good; a few tears and folds to 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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