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A lady by a mango tree

  • Description

    In this unusual composition, perhaps illustrating an unidentified poetic subject, a noble lady stands beneath a fruit-laden mango tree. Her maids and the carriage driver wait nearby. Her carriage is drawn by a pair of docile nilgai or bluebuck, a type of Indian antelope. The lady gazes abstractedly, perhaps feeling the absence of her lover, and she is approached by a pair of sarus cranes, proverbial in India for their conjugal fidelity. Meanwhile she reaches up to grasp a branch of the tree, recalling early Indian sculptural images of the shalabhanjika, the tree nymph or nature goddess who seizes a branch to awaken the tree and ensure its fertility.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Bikaner (place of creation)
    c. 1700
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    18.4 x 23.9 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by the Simon Digby Memorial Charity, 2012.
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