Maiden gazing into a mirror Opaque watercolor on paper with mica Kangra circa 1850
Lot 1193
A princess gazing into a mirror Kangra, mid-19th century
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A princess gazing into a mirror
Kangra, mid-19th century
Opaque watercolor on paper with mica; holding a large mica-inset mirror, the princess applies kajal.
Folio: 5 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (14.9 x 11.1 cm.)

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  • This painting follows the format of numerous paintings where a princess is compared to Radha preparing for the arrival of her lover Krishna. Compare with a closely related early version of a 'Lady Applying kajal' in the National Museum, New Delhi (59.148/2) in R.C. Sharma, Alamkara, 1994, no. 66, p. 110. Also see a very closely related compositions in Archer, Indian Paintings, 1973, nos. 55, 59 and 60 pp. 224 and 226. The latter also painted in an oval format.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy
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