Illustration from a Devi series Opaque watercolor on paper, Kangra, 18th century
Lot 93
Illustration from a Mahavidya series: Tripurasundari Opaque watercolor on paper, Kangra, 18th century
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Illustration from a Mahavidya series: Tripurasundari
Opaque watercolor on paper, Kangra, 18th century
Seated on the pale white naked body of Shiva, the four-arm black skinned Devi hold a whisk, scissors, gold lota and white cup, clad in a conventional dress, top and draped in a transparent shawl and wears golden crown and lavish jewels, the couple are set on a raised marble platform with a canopy and surrounded by delicate foliage by a river.
image: 8 ½ x 5 ¼ in. (21.6 x 13.4 cm), folio: 9 ½ x 6 ½ in. (24.5 x 16.5 cm)

Footnotes

  • Compare with a closely related composition of Dakshina Kali formerly in the John and Berthe Ford Collection, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (see Jackie Menzies, Goddess: Divine Energy, Sydney, 2006, no. 85. Also see and image of Candi Devi with the face and treatment of the body in W G Archer, Indian Painting in the Punjab Hills, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1952, no. 21, and another in the oval format in Ananda Coomaraswamy, Catalogue of the Indian Collections, Part V, Rajput Paintings, Boston, 1926, pl LXIII, no. CXCIX (17.2576).

    Provenance:
    Dr. Alec Simpson Collection, New Jersey
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