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Demons squabble over a camel's leg. Mewar or Devgarh, circa early 19th century. Watercolour on wasli. 17.9 x 13.8cm
Sotheby's ”The Carter Burden Collection of Indian Miniatures”, New York, March 27th 1991, lot 10;
Oscar Leneman, published, Leneman, O, Carre, P "Dieux, tigers et amours: Miniatures Indiennes du VX au XX siecle", 1993, pp. 78-79
Attributed by Sotheby's to Mewar early 19th century and in "Dieux, tigers et amours" to Deogarh (Devgarh) circa 1820. The scene is a response to the 17th century Deccani or Rajasthani "Demons Fight over a Camel's Paw" said to possibly be influenced by Master Muhammad of the Black Stylus (kar-I Ustad Muhammad Syah Qalam) of Tabriz. Barry M, "Diabolic Fancies and Composite Animals: Persian Poetry and the Grotesques of Deccani and Mughal Painting" Fig.1; eds N Haidar & M Sardar, " Sultans of the South, Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323 – 1687", 2011.
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