Battle Scene from the Mahabharata, Garhwal, c. 1800
Lot 1190
An illustration from the Mahabharata Garhwal, circa 1800
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium

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An illustration from the Mahabharata
Garhwal, circa 1800
In the intense battle field Karna, one of the Pandhava brothers and the eldest son of Kunti and Surya, is clashing with Pradyumna, the son of Krishna and Rukmini. The two antagonists are identified by inscriptions, Pradyumna in gold on the right and Karna in silver on the left. Both figures are shown again in the center as part of a continuous narrative, riding in chariots with bows drawn. In conclusion to the scene in the lower left, Karna and his horses are being slaughtered.
Image: 11 7/8 x 16 3/4 in. (30.2 x 42.5 cm.); Folio: 12 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. (31.4 x 44.4 cm.)

Footnotes

  • For another large format page with similar treatment of the crowns and horses see Sotheby's, New York, March 22, 1989, lot 168. Further examples maybe found in Sotheby's, New York, December 15, 1978, lot 180; Sotheby's, New York, December 14, 1979, lot 224 and published by Wiener, 1970, no. 24.

    Provenance:
    Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, March 22, 2002, lot 67.
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