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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. A goddess stands on a low, ornate pedestal, wearing a sari with a floral pattern and a blouse. Her long hair is tied in a plait adorned by leaf-shaped hair ornaments and ending in a decorative tassel. Her ornaments comprise a crown, ear ornaments, nose ring, shoulder ornaments, necklaces of various designs, bracelets and anklets. A parrot perches on her right wrist, while her left hangs loosely at her side.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 28.30 centimetres
Width: 22.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2010:
The identification of this figure poses some problems, as a number of goddesses are shown with a parrot. The two most frequently depicted are Minakshi, whose parrot rests its feet on the floral bouquet, and Kamakshi, with the parrot on her floral arrow pushpashara; however, both are markedly different from the image here under review. Furthermore, the fact that the figure is shown in profile rather than frontally, as is generally the case with deities, suggests that she may be a minor celestial character.
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
- basically good, but bumped and torn at 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: 71 (top right)