Two miniatures from a manuscript of the Mahimna stora, a poem in praise of Siva's greatness by Puspadanta Acharya: depicting a devotee (perhaps Puspadanta Acharya himself) before Siva with Parvati and Nandi, and a holy man performing rites outside a temple in a landscape Kangra at Lahore, dated samvat 1912/AD 1855(2)
Lot 287
An illustration to a manuscript of the Mahimna stora, a poem in praise of Siva's greatness by Puspadanta Acharya, depicting a devotee (perhaps Puspadanta Acharya himself) before Siva with Parvati and Nandi Kangra style at Lahore, dated samvat 1912/AD 1855
£2,500 - 3,500
US$ 4,100 - 5,700

Lot Details
An illustration to a manuscript of the Mahimna stora, a poem in praise of Siva's greatness by Puspadanta Acharya, depicting a devotee (perhaps Puspadanta Acharya himself) before Siva with Parvati and Nandi
Kangra style at Lahore, dated samvat 1912/AD 1855
gouache and gold on paper, inner blue floral border, red outer border, in mount
242 x 330 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private US collection.

    This painting, and the following lot, are illustrations to a Mahimna stora, a poem in praise of Siva's greatness by Puspadanta Acharya, which is incorporated in a longer text, the Siva Rahasya. The colophon says that the thirty paintings in this series were executed in Lahore at samvat 1912/AD 1855, possibly by an artist named Mukaba, though this is not certain.

    Puspadanta Acharya was supposed to be a gandharva, or divine musician, who participates in his own poem: he is shown in this painting worshipping Siva.
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