Miniature Indian Erotic Painting on Bone

c. 1850
$1,580 USD
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W: 9.0" D: 0.75" H: 8.25"
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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 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 approach melded the Mughal miniature tradition with Western techniques and styles.

Painted on bone with water-based pigments, a medium unique to Delhi artists, this work depicts a sexual tangle of limbs and garments rendered in the stylized manner of traditional Rajput miniatures. We’re charmed by peephole effect created by its large black mat.

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