LORD KRISHNA FLANKED BY HIS WIVES
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION
Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, South India, mid to late 19th century
Opaque pigments, gold leaf and sukka (limestone paste) on wood, the vertical composition depicting Lord Krishna as a child standing in the middle and hugging at the same time his wives Rukmini and Satyabhama, the child portrayed with a faint and contented smile on his face, his gaze engaging the beholder, wearing an ornate and heavily encrusted headdress with the typical peacock's feather at the top, his accessories indicative of his relevance and divine nature, including several thick gold necklaces encrusted with rubies; large caparisoned chhajjas pendants; thick golden wristbands and anklets; a further ceremonial garland of fresh flowers around his shoulders almost touching the ground, both wives heavily bejewelled and holding a simplified shalabhanjika pose, smiling at the beholder, the scene set underneath a lobed golden arch and against a vibrant cobalt blue background, mounted, glazed and framed, 74cm x 58.5cm including the frame.
For further reference on devotional icons from Tanjore, please see B. Rossi, From the Ocean of Painting, India's Popular Paintings, 1589 to the Present, 1998, pp.82 - 89.
Sold for £750
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