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Acrobat on a tightrope. Thanjavur (formerly Tanjore), circa late 18th century. Opaque watercolour on card covered by watermarked paper. 28.8 x 44.4cm
This example, no. 41 in a series, is considerably larger than the usual (approx) 21.5 x 31.5cm as represented in this website's archives.
A handwritten descption in Englsih reads A fellow with both his feet in a round flat brass basin sliding along upon a tight rope, with a sword in one hand and a shield in the other.
For comparable smaller paintings of this Thanjavur type (in horizontal format) see 'South Indian Paintings: A catalogue of the British Museum Collection', A L Dallapiccola, London 2010, pp. 176-117.
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