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Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Bikaner (made)

  • Date:

    1687 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nathu (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Sir William Rothenstein.

  • Museum number:

    IS.339-1951

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a Vaishnavite yogini or female ascetic. She wears a long robe of shell-pink diapered with gold leaves and over this a cloak of green. She holds in her right hand a peacock feather fan and in the left a conch shell. Her hair is tied back in a top-knot, ornamented with a string of pearls; on her forehead is a red tika. The background is saffron yellow dissolving into bands of white, mauve and orange, in which are flights of birds, the yogini stands on a dark green hillock on a lighter green ground.

Place of Origin

Bikaner (made)

Date

1687 (made)

Artist/maker

Nathu (made)

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Nathu ro kam s. 1744'
'The work of Nathu, 1687 A.D.'
handwritten on object; a further line is not deciphered

Dimensions

Height: 330 mm, Width: 195 mm, Height: 178 mm image inside innermost painted border, Width: 90 mm image inside innermost painted border

Object history note

Dehejia, Vidya (ed.) Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution,1999. ISBN 8185822638/3791321293, p.386 , cat. 118.

Descriptive line

Painting, Vaishnavite yogini, by Nathu, opaque watercolour on paper, Bikaner, 1687

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Birds; Hillock; Ascetic; Jewellery

Categories

Paintings; Religion; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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