Lot n° 89
3000 - 3500
Ascètes dans un paysage
India, Mughal art, 18th century
Gouache and gold on paper mounted on a cardboard page. Miniature on the front depicting two ascetics: one standing preparing a narghile, holding a poppy stem in his left hand, the other seated with a parrot on his turban. Two inner borders decorated with scrolls and outer margins with a lining motif of lotus flowers in plant rhombuses. The reverse side decorated with a network of lotus buds, sheltered in leafy stems.
Miniature : 15.5 x 11 cm : Page : 30.5 x 20.5 cm
The decoration of the margins of this album page is very comparable to the one that adorns the Collection: "Dames et seigneurs persans (miniature de l'Inde et de Perse)", preserved at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, see notably folios 9 and 42. An album in the British Museum in London also shows margins in the same style (acc. 1974,0617,0.21.39).
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