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Title A princess standing beneath a sapling
Collection Artworld: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Date 1650-1699 CE
Description The princess, shown in the posture of an Indian tree-nymph (one heel raised and the right hand clutching the leafy frond of a tree), is probably waiting for her lover (a popular theme in Hindu poems). She is holding a wine flask and a cup in her left hand. Her Mughal style dress includes a white 'jama' top over pink 'paijama', a striped turban and an orange shawl. The background is very stylised with indication of a tree-topped knoll in the background and a lotus pond in the front.
Description Source Information taken from Robert Skelton in Steven Hooper (ed.), 1997 & Margaret A Willey, 1995 (Revised 2000)
Cultural Context Indian
Id Number Current Accession 539
Location Creation Site Bharat, Rajasthan, Sarwar (Ajmer district)
Location Current Repository Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Subject visual work, painting, miniature
Measurements 94 x 196 x 1 mm
Context Although the attribution to Sarwar is only speculative at present, the painting has features stemming from the style of Mughal painting that appears to have been patronised by officers serving in the Deccan during Aurangzeb's reign and which was taken up at various Rajput centres of painting, including Sarwar, in the last years of the seventeenth century. The treatment of the hillock, which merges into the trunks of the trees, is a feature of some late Akbari Mughal paintings, though it also appears in an unpublished painting formerly in the Kumar Sangram Singh collection, which the artist Chand executed for Raja Raj Singh of Junia (Ajmer district) at about the same date as the present picture. The picture is slightly rubbed and a crease has been re-touched.
Context Source Robert Skelton. In: Steven Hooper (ed.). 1997. Catalogue to the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. University of East Anglia.
Rights Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved
Work Type painting
 

 

 

 

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