Lot n° 89
4000 - 5000
Miniature indienne illustrant une procession royale pour le festival des femmes (Teej)
India, Rajasthan, probably Mewar, 19th century
Gouache and gold on cardboard page depicting the long procession of a Maharaja carried on a throne under a red canopy, leaving the palace with his court for a hunting party. Inscription in nagari on the reverse, wear, small accidents and small areas of repainting.
Page size: 37.5 x 54.6 cm; painting: 34.5 x 51.5 cm.
This large Rajput painting was executed by an artist from Bundi or a thikhana near Mewar. The inscription on the reverse indicates the procession for the festival of Teej, a Hindu festivity practiced particularly in the northern and western states of India, as well as in Nepal. Teej means "third" and refers to the third day after the new and full moon. It is a three-day festival, usually between late July and early September to welcome the monsoon season. Teej is celebrated mainly by women as it is also a festival dedicated to the goddess Parvati, and symbolizes the reunion of Shiva and Parvati. On this occasion, Hindu women fast and celebrate the praise of marital happiness and the well-being of the family. The maharaja represented in this large painting may be Umed Singh (1729-1804) who ruled the state of Bundi twice, from 1749 to 1770, then from 1773 to 1804. Expert L.S.
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