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Painting

ca. 1765 (made)
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Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, the composition of this painting is crowded with several figures. The central figure, that of a young yogini (female ascetic) who is dressed in a saffron robe, is standing on a tiger skin as her penance. She is using a piece of rope with its ends tied to a tree in the manner of a swing to support herself in order to perform her penance. A yogi (ascetic), seated on a tiger skin and other members of the ashram (hermitage) can be seen on the courtyard. A delegation of courtiers have arrived to visit and pay their respects to the yogini. A member of the group is holding out his hand with an offering. The yogini is possibly from a noble family and connected with the warrior who is carrying the offering.


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Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour on paper
Brief Description
Painting, prince and attendants at ashram, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, Murshidabad sub-style, ca. 1765
Physical Description
Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, the composition of this painting is crowded with several figures. The central figure, that of a young yogini (female ascetic) who is dressed in a saffron robe, is standing on a tiger skin as her penance. She is using a piece of rope with its ends tied to a tree in the manner of a swing to support herself in order to perform her penance. A yogi (ascetic), seated on a tiger skin and other members of the ashram (hermitage) can be seen on the courtyard. A delegation of courtiers have arrived to visit and pay their respects to the yogini. A member of the group is holding out his hand with an offering. The yogini is possibly from a noble family and connected with the warrior who is carrying the offering.
Dimensions
  • Height: 221mm
  • Width: 305mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders height: 187mm
  • Image within innermost painted borders width: 270mm
Content description
The central figure, that of a young yogini (female ascetic) who is dressed in a saffron robe, is standing on a tiger skin as her penance. She is using a piece of rope with its ends tied to a tree in the manner of a swing to support herself in order to perform her penance. A yogi (ascetic), seated on a tiger skin and other members of the ashram (hermitage) can be seen on the courtyard. A delegation of courtiers have arrived to visit and pay their respects to the yogini. A member of the group is holding out his hand with an offering. The yogini is possibly from a noble family and connected with the warrior who is carrying the offering.
Styles
Object history
Purchased from Maggs Brothers Ltd, London W1. Originally from the collection of A. Pendree Charles and sold at Christies on 10/2/50.
Production
Murshidabad sub-style; Provincial Mughal
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Archer, W.G., Indian Miniatures, text by W.G. Archer and colour plates in collaboration with Madanjeet Singh, London: Studio Books (Longacre Pres Ltd) 1960, pl.52
  • Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :p.48
Collection
Accession Number
IS.169-1950

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