Lot 10 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
A PUJA TO A PANCHAMUKHA SHIVA LINGA
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
India, first half 20th century
Opaque pigments, silver and gold on paper, the vertical composition depicting a moment of worship inside a Shaivite shrine with a Panchamukha (five-faced) Linga, a well-dressed and heavily bejewelled noble Rajput bringing offerings to the left, facing an ochre yellow-dressed Brahmin holding a large fly-whisk, the three steps before the linga engraved with the bull Nandi, above the linga a very intricate and sumptuous canopy with images of Parvati and Ganesha, the scene set within white, blue and red borders, 26.1cm x 17cm.
Sold for £475