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
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Album leaf with painting

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)

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

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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