Miniature Indian Erotic Painting on Bone

c. 1850
$1,780 USD
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Dimensions
W: 5.0" D: 0.75" H: 5.5"
Materials
Pigment
Bone
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Collection #
BTC011I
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$75

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.

Loosely brushed with water-based pigments on bone, a substrate unique to Delhi artists, the work captures an amorous encounter with the minute detail and courtly context characteristic of traditional Mughal miniatures. The mix of Western-style decor, high-keyed colors, and individualized features mark it as the hybridized style that emerged during this fascinating transitional period of Indian art history.

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