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A Processional Scene, Shri Rao Sardar Singh (1740-1778) with his Entourage

A Processional Scene, Shri Rao Sardar Singh (1740-1778) with his Entourage

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Uniara, India, c. 1760-1770

Opaque pigment on paper heightened with gold

Image 10 ½ x 18 in. (26.7 x 45.7 cm.) folio 11 ⅝ x 18 ⅛ in. (29.4 x 45.9 cm.)


Painting at the court of Bundi flourished in the early 17th century and continued well into the late 19th century. The court scenes are infused with a lively energy, and the style is characterised by a fondness for lush vegetation and dramatic skies. Likewise, paintings from Kota, the neighbouring principality, shared many elements of the Bundi school, and in many instances it is hard to see any significant stylistic distinctions. These vigorous paintings are exemplified by the royal hunting scenes depicted in the thick hilly jungle that is characteristic of the region. The current and following lots both fall firmly within this broad genre of painting, and are fine examples of the tradition.


Both lots depict rulers from the court of Uniara, which lies approximately sixty miles to the north east of Bundi. Hence, despite being stylistically associated with the Bundi-Kota style, Milo Beach, in his 1974 publication titled Rajput Painting at Bundi and Kota, catalogued the boar hunting scene as Uniara school. In the current example, the processional scene bears close similarities to a mural painting on the Kota palace walls that is published by Beach, (see Milo Cleveland Beach, Rajput Painting at Bundi and Kota, Ascona, 1974, fig. 119), but it is likely that it was painted at a slightly earlier period than the murals, which Beach dates to the early 19th century.


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