An illustration to the Siva Rahasya: the revelation of Siva's son Skanda to the sage Jagishavaya Jodhpur, circa 1827
gouache and gold on paper, yellow and red borders, in mount 512 x 563 mm.
Provenance: Private UK collection: acquired in the 1970s.
The revelation of Siva's son Skanda to the sage Jagishavaya forms the third chapter of the Himvat Khanda, a book of the Skanda Purana, which deals with the exploits of Siva.
The Siva Rasahya manuscript in the royal collection at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, dated samvat 1884/AD 1827, consists of 101 folios, and describes the 'boundaries, mountains and rivers of three worlds' (see D. Diamond, C. Glynn, and K. Singh Jasol, Garden and Cosmos: the Royal Paintings of Jodhpur, London 2008, pp. 238-239, no. 54). The present lot is an extant portion, approximately one-third, of a large-scale illustration to the Siva Rasahya. The stylised rocks and foliage are unique to Jodhpur painting in the late 18th and early 19th Century and their depiction reflects the luxuriant nature of the home of the gods.