Lot 11 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
A TEMPLE PUJA TO SRI NATHJI
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Rajasthan, North Western India, 19th century
Opaque pigments heightened with gold and silver on paper, the vertical composition capturing a moment of worship in the shrine of Sri Nath Ji, the manifestation of God Krishna as a seven-year-old child (Balak), the scene divided into two levels, the upper one for the women, wrapped in long shawls, their heads covered, gathered on the left of the composition, accompanied by a standing Brahmin to the right holding a large circular fan, the murti (icon) in the centre with its typical raised arm, dark-blue skin and lowered eyes; and the lower level with more Brahmins and pundits, covering their mouths with a white cloth to prevent polluting the air inside the sanctum, a smaller golden murti of Sri Nath Ji in the centre on a cushioned swinging canopy, the scene set within red borders, the verso backed with plain reinforced paper, 35.2cm x 25.4cm.