Illustration to the Hamir Hatha
Lot 91
Illustration to the Hamir Hatha Attributed to Sajnu
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, early 19th Century
Sold for US$ 31,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Illustration to the Hamir Hatha
Attributed to Sajnu
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, early 19th Century

The continuous narrative with palace scenes depicting women on the second storey, Chauhan (Hamir) seated under a canopy surrounded by courtiers, and Molhana on horseback.
image: 12 ½ x 17 ¼ in. (31.8 x 43.8 cm), folio: 14 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (37.5 x 50.2 cm)

Footnotes

  • Molhana's name inscribed in red; with blue inner and red outer borders and black and white rules; bearing a 15-line nagari inscription in red and black ink on reverse.

    This painting is very closely related to a series of 21 paintings completed in 1810 for Raja Ishvari Sen of Mandi (1788-1826) and published in W. G. Archer, Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills, 1973, vol. I, pp. 360-61; vol. II, nos. 42i-ii. For more examples from this series and for further discussion see Shastri, October 1915, vol. 17, no. 132, and Khandalavala, 1958, no. 185 & 186, pp. 230 and 232. Also compare with Sotheby's, London, March 27, 1973, lot 155 and Sotheby's, London, April 25, 1974, lot 119 and Sotheby's New York, April 1, 2005, lot 116; September 20, 2005, lot 115 and September 19, 2006; September 19, 2008, lot 212.

    The Hamir Hath is the story of a siege and downfall of an arrogant ruler, possibly modeled on Sansar Chand of Kangra, one of Mandi's neighboring kingdoms.

    Provenance:
    Private Collection, Texas
    Christie's, New York, September 23, 2004, lot 167
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