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Lot 17

A palace scene, Kangra, Punjab Hills, second quarter of the 19th century, opaque pigments...

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Lot 17

A palace scene, Kangra, Punjab Hills, second quarter of the 19th century, opaque pigments...

Price Realised: £1,560

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 17


A palace scene, Kangra, Punjab Hills, second quarter of the 19th century, opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper, the painting divided in three scenes each with the main character a male figure dressed in green, possibly Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, known for having had a blue horse, the first scene depicts a woman kneeling in saffron coloured robes with female attendants behind, a series of rooms within the palace walls and central courtyard where two of her female attendants plead with the same figure who shuns their attentions, below the male figure rides away from the palace on his blue mount, with 27ll. of black and red text to reverse, mounted and framed, painting 22.6 x 33cm. 

Provenance: Private collection Germany acquired in the late 1960s


Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) born Gobind Das or Gobind Rai, the tenth Sikh Guru, was a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher. When his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was executed by Aurangzeb, Guru Gobind Singh was formally installed as the leader of the Sikhs at the age of nine, becoming the tenth and final human Sikh Guru. His four biological sons died during his lifetime – two in battle, two executed by the Mughal governor Wazir Khan.

Among his notable contributions to Sikhism are founding the Sikh warrior community called Khalsa in 1699 and introducing the Five Ks, the five articles of faith that Khalsa Sikhs wear at all times. Guru Gobind Singh is credited with the Dasam Granth whose hymns are a sacred part of Sikh prayers and Khalsa rituals. He is also credited as the one who finalized and enshrined the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism's primary scripture and eternal Guru. 

Guru Gobind Singh Ji was famed for his blue colored horse, sometimes referred to as ‘Neelay ghoray whalla’ or the owner of the blue horse and many folk songs and vars sing the exploits of ‘Neelay Ghoray Te Swaar’ the rider of the blue horse.

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