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Mahishasuramadini: Durga kills the Buffalo Demon. Jodhpur artist at Bikaner, circa late 18th century. Opaque watercolour with siver (tin) and gold on wasli. 35.5 x 26.2cm
The scene is in iconic form – i.e. as if a bronze murti (idol) and may well have been used in a Hindu shrine for worship. The style is a hybrid of traditional Bikaner with Mughal influence and the Rajput style in Jodhpur. The Jodhpur painting style came to strongly influence Bikaner miniature painting in the 18th century, before the Jaipur style became dominant there. This was due to changing alliances between the Rajput kingdoms which were notorious for making friends then enemies of each other.
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Above: gilt and silver detail reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm