The Goddess worshipped by the sage Chyavana from a Tantric Devi series

Historical period(s)
ca. 1660-1670
Basohli Court
Pahari School
Opaque watercolor on paper, gold, silver, and beetle wing
H x W (painting): 17.9 × 21.4 cm (7 1/16 × 8 7/16 in)
India, Punjab Hills, Jammu and Kashmir, Basohli
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


conch shell, Devi, India, lotus, mace, Rishi, sage, sudarshana chakra, tantra, Vishnu, worship, WWII-era provenance

P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1980 [1]

Hashem Khosrovani, Geneva [2]

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, "Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures," Sotheby's, London, April 23, 1997, lot no. 8 [3]


[1] According to Curatorial Note 3 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hashem Khosrovani
P. & D. Colnaghi
Sotheby's (London)

Published References
  • Sotheby's (London). Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures. London, April 24, 1997. lot 8, pp. 16-17.
  • B.N. Goswamy Dr. Eberhard Fischer. Pahari-Meister: Höfische Malerei aus den Bergen Nord-Indiens. Publikation Nr. 6 der Rietberg-Serie zur indischen Kunst Zurich. cat. 8, pp. 38-39.
  • Patrick Malrieu. La gwerz de l'ermite poilu., 180. p.42.
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 116-117.
  • Vidya Dehejia Thomas Coburn. Devi: The Great Goddess: Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1999. p. 129, fig. 3.
  • Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 190-193.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
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