Vishnu seated on a lotus within a sunburst Pahari, Basohli or Guler, mid-18th Century

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Lot 80
Vishnu seated on a lotus within a sunburst
Pahari, Basohli or Guler, mid-18th Century

Sold for £ 12,750 (US$ 17,639) inc. premium
Vishnu seated on a lotus within a sunburst
Pahari, Basohli or Guler, mid-18th Century
gouache and gold on paper, brown border
273 x 190 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private German collection.

    Comparison can be drawn with a Pahari depiction of Vishnu seated on a lotus, holding his attributes, within a larger sunburst than depicted here, dated to the first quarter of the 19th Century (Bharat Kala Bhavan, Varanasi: see B. N. Goswamy, Essence of Indian Art, San Francisco 1986, p. 249, no. 200). However, the relatively restrained sunrays seen in our painting, against a dark blue background, appear in a work depicting the sun god, Surya, ascribed to Basohli or Guler, circa 1740-50, offered at Christie's, Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds, 2nd May 2019, lot 144.
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