25th Nov, 2023 12:00

Islamic, Indian and Asian Art

 
  Lot 44
 

44

A Pair of Indian Temple Doors, Depicting the Rasalila

Radjathan, India, 19th/20th century.

These painted double doors once graced the entry to a noble home in India, and are a mark of wealth and status for the owners.

Finely detailed depicting showing Krishna performing an ecstatic dance with Radha and the gopis.

166 x 108 cm.

Part of Javitri Shah Collection

The Rasalila is a mythological story from the Bhagavata Purana and the Gita Govinda in which Krishna’s lover Radha and the gopis, entranced by the music of Krishna's flute, spend the night in ecstatic dance and celebration. Krishna uses his heavenly powers to multiply himself so that, though they link arms and dance in a circle, each gopi feels that she alone is the focus of his attention, thus fulfilling the unconditional devotion (bhakti) each maiden feels for Krishna.


 

Radjathan, India, 19th/20th century.

These painted double doors once graced the entry to a noble home in India, and are a mark of wealth and status for the owners.

Finely detailed depicting showing Krishna performing an ecstatic dance with Radha and the gopis.

166 x 108 cm.

Part of Javitri Shah Collection

The Rasalila is a mythological story from the Bhagavata Purana and the Gita Govinda in which Krishna’s lover Radha and the gopis, entranced by the music of Krishna's flute, spend the night in ecstatic dance and celebration. Krishna uses his heavenly powers to multiply himself so that, though they link arms and dance in a circle, each gopi feels that she alone is the focus of his attention, thus fulfilling the unconditional devotion (bhakti) each maiden feels for Krishna.

Auction: Islamic, Indian and Asian Art, 25th Nov, 2023

 

Our upcoming sale of Islamic, Indian & Southeast Asian Art will present an array of objects created over the course of 20 centuries in the middle east, Asia, the Himalayas, and India. Included in the auction are sculptures in bronze and stone, such as an impressive 10th-century sandstone head of Shiva from Uttar Pradesh, India, gilt bronze Buddhas, Indian furniture, miniature paintings and jewellery.

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