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MITHUNA (KHAJURAHO SERIES)

MITHUNA (KHAJURAHO SERIES)

Item Description:

Ink on paper

30 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (76.5 x 56.3 cm.)

Signed 'Husain' lower right




The classical sculptural form of the Mithuna or loving couple was used as a source of inspiration for several of Husain's drawings and paintings. These amorous couples that form an integral part of classical Indian temple ornamentation, are generally seen as an auspicious symbol of fertility. The sculptural forms are understood to have multiple meanings, ranging from an obvious celebration of life's pleasures to the more metaphorical symbolism of a human soul's longing for union with the divine.



Many early British commentators first expressed shock and outrage at this open display of eroticism within a religious context. Lowell Thomas described Konarak as the 'most beautiful' and at the same time 'the most obscene building in the world.' The most universally accepted explanation for this type of sculpture is offered by Ananda Coomaraswamy, who explains that the Indian erotic symbolism is 'sacramental' in its likeness to the union of the individual soul with the universal spirit. The representation of sexual union in sculptures, according to Stella Kramrisch, is regarded as a 'symbol of Moksha,' because the ecstasy in sexual love was compared to religious ecstasy derived when merging the human soul with the ultimate reality.

About The Artist:

MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN (1913-2011)

AUCTION
₹ 400,000.00 ( Low est. )

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