Old Indian Arts

Bhadrakali, Destroyer of the Universe - Basholi Painting, c1660-70


Medium: gouache with gold, silver, and beetle-wing case on paper
Source: jameelcentre.ashmolean.org

The meeting of an Abyssinian General and a Mughal Noble in the Deccan - Mughal Miniature Painting Early 17th Century


Artist: Zayn al-Abidin
Dated AH 1033/ AD 1623-24

Source: bonhams.com

Rawat Gokal Das celebrating holi in the zenana - Rajput Painting by Bagta, Devgarh, Rajasthan c1808


Medium: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
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A Gilt Copper Figure of Yogambara - Nepal, c13th Century






The artist has masterfully rendered the complex iconography of two intertwined bodies, imbuing the figures with a sense of tenderness and calm. The sculpture bears the hallmarks of Nepalese craftsmanship - beautifully gilded copper, jewelry delicately inlaid with gems. The physiognomy is also Nepalese

Entwined in a lovers' embrace, Yogambara and Jnanadakini symbolize blissful transcendence, the experiential goal and highest teaching of Esoteric Buddhism.

The three-headed, six-armed god caresses Jnanadakini's breast with one hand, holding the skullcup, arrow (now missing), bow, bell, and thunderbolt scepter (vajra) in arms held with a dancer's poise, Jnanadakini meets Yogambara's gaze as she wraps herself around his torso, both deities' belts are unhooked, their clasps ajar at their backs.

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The Bullock-Drawn Carriage of Mughal Prince Mirza Babur - Delhi, 1815-19


The inscriptions:
The special chariot of the son of the spiritual preceptor of the horizons (Murshidzada-i afaq), Mirza Babur Bahadur'. Mirza Babur (b. 1796) was one of the sons of the Mughal emperor, Akbar II (reg. 1806-37)

Medium: pencil and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gold, on paper

Source: bonhams.com