Todi Ragini: ??? A pensive maiden with her attendants, listening to a female musician in a landscape Delhi, circa 1800
Lot 274
Todi Ragini: a pensive maiden with her attendants, listening to a yogini playing a vina in a landscape, with gazelles in the foreground Delhi, circa 1800-1820
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,073) inc. premium

Lot Details
Todi Ragini: a pensive maiden with her attendants, listening to a yogini playing a vina in a landscape, with gazelles in the foreground
Delhi, circa 1800-1820
gouache and gold on paper, laid down on an album page with an inner border with gold stylised floral motifs on a brown ground, the outer border gold-sprinkled on a blue ground
painting 233 x 145 mm.; album page 434 x 313 mm.

Footnotes

  • This charming ragamala subject is a fine example of miniature painting done at Delhi at the turn of the 19th Century. Although by this time the Mughal empire was in a state of complete decline, a small number of gifted artists continued to work at Delhi and were able to respond to the growing commercial demand for their work. The figures in this miniature are close to those painted at Oudh a little earlier but their apparel is far more detailed.

    For comparison see T. Falk and M. Archer, Indian Miniatures in the India Office Library, London 1981, no. 231.
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