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A MONUMENTAL REPOUSSÉ SILVER LIDDED JAR FROM PUNE

A MONUMENTAL REPOUSSÉ SILVER LIDDED JAR FROM PUNE

Item Description:

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARDESHIR M. HEERAMANECK


c. 1900 - 1910


the surface covered with five scenes executed in high relief from the Hindu epics, based upon compositions by Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), the lid surmounted by a large finial of Lord Hanuman kneeling amidst a bed of leaves, its lower register with eight figures executed in high relief set within individual cartouches entirely surrounded by a dense floral pattern, the circular foot of the jar decorated with animals and mythological beasts, executed in high relief including lions, boars, rams, horses and elephants, weight 2,598 gms.


Height 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.)


The jar's distinctive design is typical of the silver produced in Pune towards the end of the 19th century. Both the choice of subject matter and the high repoussé technique closely resembles the silver made in Chennai and Myanmar at a similar period, but the decorative beading and the broad foliate band at its neck are typical of the designs produced in Pune. Of particular note in the current example, are the five main compositions based on the Hindu epics that are clearly inspired by the oleographs produced by the Ravi Varma Press, which was set up in nearby Malavali in 1894.The titles of the Raja Ravi Varma oleographs which relate to the scenes depicted in the main compositions of the jar are Shesh Narayan, Vanvasi Ram, Sita Bhumi Pravesh, The Victory of Indrajit, and Kansa Maya.


* Antiquity or Art Treasure - Non-exportable Item. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Sale.

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₹ 1,000,000.00 ( Low est. )

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