An illustration to a Devi Mahatmya series: The gods implore Ambika for help
Guler, late 18th century Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; numbered '20' in the top blue border. The gods prostrate in supplication to the great goddess Ambika seated with six arms holding her various attributes, her lion vehicle licks his foreleg below. 7 1/4 X 10 in. (18.3 x 25.4 cm); Folio: 8 3/8 x 11 1/4 in. (21.3 x 28.6 cm)
For other pages in this series, see Joachim Bautze, Lotosmond und Lowenritt: Indische Miniaturmalerei, Stuttgart, 1991, nos 15-18 and F. S. Aijazuddin, Pahari Paintings and Sikh portraits in the Lahore Museum, London, 1977, pl. 41 (I-XXXIV), pp. 41-52. Also see Sotheby's, New York, December 14, 1979, lots 229 & 230 and Sotheby's, London, April 24, 1979, lots 141 & 142. Also see a closely related composition from the same series sold at Sotheby's, New York, March 21, 2012, lot 213.
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