Lot 21 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
AN EQUESTRIAN PORTRAIT OF A RULER
PROPERTY OF THE LATE BRUNO CARUSO (1927 - 2018) COLLECTION
Possibly Punjab Hills, Northern India, early 20th century
Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the vertical composition depicting a haloed and fully bejewelled ruler on a chestnut steed riding fearlessly, the ruler's turban decorated with several encrusted sarpech (turban ornaments), on his back the typical black dhal (shield) of Northern Indian rajas, the depiction of his face influenced by Mughal standards of portraiture, the scene set in the wilderness within ochre yellow and bright red borders, the verso backed with modern paper with annotations in black Devanagari script, 27.3cm x 19.6cm.
Sold for £325