Shiva and Parvati on a tiger skin: Anakūl Nayaka folio from a Rasamanjari

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1710 - ca. 1715
  • Geography

    Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 16.9 × 27.3 cm (6 5/8 × 10 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Attributed to Golu, son of Devidasa
  • School/Tradition

    Nurpur school
  • Description

    Close to the image are two thin black lines framing the image. Against a red background, on the left, Shiva walks with Parvati past a large tree. On the right, the couple lie down on a tiger skin. Yellow border.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: takri number 1; in takri “anakūla=favorable, compatible, agreeable”
  • Provenance

    Collection of the Raja of Lambragaon, Himachal Pradesh, India.
    To 1967
    Sona Gallery, New York, New York. [1]
    From 1967 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Sona Gallery in New York City in June, 1967. [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001. [3]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. [4]
    [1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting in 1967 from Sona Gallery in New York City, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records via Catherine Glynn Benkaim. Sona Gallery did not produce a publication.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Wonder of the Age: Painters of India (September 28, 2011 to January 8, 2012)
    Masters of Indian Painting (April 28, 2011 to January 8, 2012)
    Gods and Demons (2000-2001, 2002)
    Painting in the Punjab Hills (1999-2000)
    Selections for the Opening of The Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries (1994)
    Art of the Indian Subcontinent from Los Angeles Collections (March 4 to March 31, 1968)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Raja of Lambagraon
    Sona Gallery (American)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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