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Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Painting on paper depicting Śiva, dressed in a tiger skin, and shown with one foot (ekapada), and four-arms (caturbhuja). Out of his right hip emerges the four-headed Brahma carrying a stylus and a book. From Śiva's left hip appears Viṣṇu holding a cakra and a shankha.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Height: 23.80 centimetres
Height: 29 centimetres
Width: 23.50 centimetres (size of page)
Width: 18.80 centimetres (size of the drawings)
- Curator's comments
- Dallapiccola 2010:
This scene shows Śiva, dressed in a tiger skin, with one foot (ekapada), and four-arms(caturbhuja). He carries in his upper right hand the damaru, in his upper left hand the mriga, his lower right hand is in abhaya and his lower left in varada mudra. Out of his right hip emerges the four-headed Brahma carrying in his upper right hand a stylus and in his upper left hand a book, while his lower right and left hands are respectively in abhaya and varada mudra. An angavastra is draped on his elbows. From Śiva's left hip appears Viṣṇu with the cakra in his upper right hand and the shankha in his upper left. The lower right and left hands are in abhaya and varada mudra and an angavastra is draped on his elbows. Both deities wear the usual ornaments and a yajnopavita across their chest.
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
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- 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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