Scene possibly from the Ramayana (figures in chariots), gouache and gold leaf, framed and glazed
Lot 340
An illustration to the Harivamsa: Krishna riding Garuda accompanied by his son Pradyumna with Arjuna in a horse-drawn chariot in battle with Indra astride his white elephant, courtiers and their wives seated in a palace floating on clouds Kangra, attributed to Purkhu, circa 1800-1820
Sold for £50,400 (US$ 78,301) inc. premium

Lot Details
An illustration to the Harivamsa: Krishna riding Garuda accompanied by his son Pradyumna with Arjuna in a horse-drawn chariot in battle with Indra astride his white elephant, courtiers and their wives seated in a palace floating on clouds
Kangra, attributed to Purkhu, circa 1800-1820
gouache and gold leaf on paper, nagari inscriptions on painted surface, six lines of nagari script verso, red border (concealed by mount), framed
355 x 500 mm.

Footnotes

  • A fine example of Purkhu's work, showing his love of deities depicted amidst clouds, painted in the soft colours of blue, pink and grey. For another example from this series, also attributed to Purkhu, see Sotheby's, Indian and South-East Asian Art, New York, 24th September 2004, lot 114. See also B. N. Goswamy and E. Fischer, Pahari Masters: Court Painters of Northern India, Zurich 1992, pp. 368-387.
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