Art, Sculpture and Treasures of India

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 23 Jun 2019 Rare Paintings
Kamoda Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series
Opaque watercolor on paper
ca. 1605-1610
Mughal style, Subimperial

Indian Paintings of Musical Themes

The most prevalent form of classical music in northern India is the raga. A raga is not a composed piece of music but an established set of tonal, rh... Read More
 22 Jun 2019 Rare Paintings
Kedar Ragini
Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes),ca. 1690–95
Painted by Ruknuddin
India (Bikaner, Rajasthan)

The artist Ruknuddin has combined creatively a number of ragamala texts to make this evocative masterpiece. Following artistic precedent and the texts, he shows an asc... Read More
 20 Jun 2019 Rare Paintings
Vasant Ragini, Page from a Ragamala Series (Garland of Musical Modes),early 17th century
India (Rajasthan, Amber)

Vasant (spring) is evoked here by the dancing nobleman playing the role of Krishna in celebration of the coming of spring, witnessed by the flowering plants in the foreground, the fl... Read More
 27 Jun 2017
Digital Rare Book :
The Gangas of Talakad
By M.V. Krishna Rao
Published by B.G. Paul & Co., Calcutta - 1936

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Though territorially a small kingdom, the Western Ganga contribution to polity, culture and literature o... Read More
 25 Jun 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Lord Jagannatha in Indian Religious Life
Written by Bulloram Mullick
Edited by Dr.H.C.Das
First published in Calcutta - 1892

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Jagannatha, Balabhadra, and Subhadra in the Jagannatha Temple
India, Odisha (Orissa), Puri, circa 187... Read More
 22 Jun 2017 Rare Paintings
Drawings depicting sculpture from Somnathpur - 1853
Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar

Wash drawing by an Indian draftsman, Murugesa Moodaliar, of two Hoysala sculptures from Karnataka with measurements; signed:' P. Mooroogasa Moodr', dated c.1853.

The Hoysala was a very powerful dynasty that r... Read More
 16 Jun 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Summary Of The Manasara
By Prasanna Kumar Acharya
Published by E.J. Brill Ltd., London - 1918

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The Vedas, in particular Atharva veda and Sthapatya veda, describe many kinds of arts and crafts i... Read More
 15 Jun 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Manasara On Architecture And Sculpture
By Prasanna Kumar Acharya
Published by Oxford University Press, London - 1933

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?A Vimana consisting of three stories,? (from Ram Raz, Essay on the ... Read More
 14 Jun 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Principles of Indian Silpasastra
With the Text of Mayasastra
By Phanindra Nath Bose
Foreword by Dr. James H. Cousins
Published by The Punjab Sanskrit Book Depot, Lahore - 1926

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Shilpa Shastras literally means the Science of Shilpa (art... Read More
 9 Jun 2017 Rare Paintings
Krishṇa lifting up Mount Govardhan.
The cowherd god is depicted effortlessly lifting up the mountain to shelter his followers from the storm of the god Indra, seen in the upper right of the painting on his elephant mount, Airavata.

Gouache painting on paper.
Painted by Ustad Sahibdin
Bikaner S... Read More
 9 Jun 2017 Rare Paintings
A cow supporting the weight of the earth on its horns.

Gouache painting on paper.
Bikaner Style
Rajasthan School

1700-1720 (circa)

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 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A rare and important terracotta relief depicting Narasimha

India, Punjab, Gupta Period, circa 5th Century

He stands in a relaxed pose leaning on his club, while two unidentified headless figures cower to the left.

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 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A blackstone stele of Narasimha

Bangladesh, Pala period, 12th century

Narasimha stands astride a broad lotus base, supporting and disemboweling the demon Hiranyakashipu, he wears jewelry and garments of classic form, his wrathful leonine face framed by a broad mane and surmounted by a tall crow... Read More
 9 May 2017 Rare Paintings
An illustration from an avatar series:
Narasimha disembowls Hiranyakashipu

Hyderabad, circa 1800
Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on paper.

The split silver pillar disrupts an otherwise perfect symmetry, adding a sense of movement behind the brilliant gold avatar. His delightful grin betrays... Read More
 9 May 2017 Rare Paintings
Hiranyakashipu brandishes his sword at a burning pillar concealing Narasimha

Kangra, 1810-1820

With a pile of hot coals set around the base of the column, two demons work bellows to intensify the heat and flames. On the left another demon escorts Prahlada, carrying a writing slate under his arm... Read More
 9 May 2017 Sculpture
A red sandstone relief depicting Narasimha killing Hiranyakashipu

12th Century
Central India

The lion-headed avatar of Vishnu standing in a menacing pose with his left foot on a pedestal, his hands tearing open the abdomen of the evil king Hiranyakashipu; adorned with ornaments and wearing a h... Read More
 11 Apr 2017 Rare Paintings
Rama, Sita, and Hanuman

Watercolour and gilt on paper
18th century AD

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 6 Apr 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Indian Sculpture
By Calambur Sivaramamurti
Published for Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi - 1961

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Calambur Sivaramamurti, (1909?1983) was an Indian museologist, art historian and epigraphist who is primarily known for h... Read More
 5 Apr 2017 Sculpture
Sri Rama
Kerala, Chera Period, 11th Century
Copper alloy

Cast with the high ornamentation and expressive vitality of the Kerala style, this engaging and accomplished bronze is a rare sculptural depiction of Rama, the hero of India's great epic.

His expression is one of limitless vigor and abili... Read More
 27 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
Akbar Watches a Battle between Mughal army and Sanyasis at Thaneshwar
By Basawan Asi
India, Mughal dynasty, possibly Pakistan, 1590?95
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Battle of Thanesar, (also known as the Battle of the Ascetics) was fought during the summer in the year 1567, near Thanesar ... Read More