Miniature Indian Erotic Painting on Bone

c. 1850
$1,480 USD
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W: 4.5" D: 0.75" H: 4.5"
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Although the Kama Sutra, India’s famous guide to sensual living, wouldn’t be translated into English until the late 19th century, foreigners living in India during the heyday of the British East India Company could easily have obtained erotic imagery through the brisk trade of Indian miniature paintings that catered to Western audiences. Known as the Company School, this style melded Rajput miniature tradition with Western techniques and styles.

Responding to foreign tastes, this miniature offered an intimate glimpse of the erotic lifestyle of the imperial court. Painted on bone with water-based pigments, a medium unique to Delhi artists, the work stays rooted in Rajput style, depicting the couple with stylized features, flat perspective, and muted colors. We’re charmed by peephole effect created by its circular black mat.

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