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From a ragamala series: Madhumadhavi Ragini. Provincial Mughal at Lucknow, circa1760. Opaque watercolour with gold on wasli. 23.8 x 17.5cm
Showing Mughal painting's highly refined technique and fastidious attention to minute detail, with typical elements such as receding vistas and sombre colours all slightly adapted to contemporary Lucknow taste. The product of a painter formerly in the employ of Delhi's ruling elite ruined by plundering Persian Nadir Shah.
Ref: Lucknow Ragini 000543
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Above and below: gold (borders, lightning bolt; romantic heroine's jewellery, clothing; maid's dupatta/shawl hem, jewellery) and silver (stars, terrace ballustrades, pavilion door blind, maid's ghagra/skirt) reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm