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Indian Marbling at Christies

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  • Jake Benson
    If you happen to have a lot of money to burn collecting historic marbling, you might be interested in this piece. While rather basic hafif marbling, it is
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 23, 2006
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      If you happen to have a lot of money to burn collecting historic marbling, you might be
      interested in this piece. While rather basic hafif marbling, it is underneath the text, so
      therefore certainly contemporary to the border. The painted border is a wonderful
      example of how the Mughal painters employed greater realism and persepctive,
      establishing their own distinct tradition. It is fine enough work, and clearly and expensive
      and mbitious undertaking to produce. Hence it is probably Imperial work, or very good
      sub-imperial work, say from the atelier patronized by Akbar's commander in Cheif Abdur
      Rahim Khan Khanan. It is a wonderul example of how the painters employed marbling in
      manuscript production.

      But who made the marbling? We don't really know at this time. Were they ethnically
      Turks? Persians? Or possibly even Hindus? All worked together in India.....

      You may need to copy and paste this very long link in your browser bar to get the image to
      come up.

      <http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/search/LotDetail.asp?
      sid=80765&intObjectID=4685093&SE=CMWCAT04+8573+%2D2112344249+&QR=M+1
      +0+Aqc0000900+7324++Aqc0000900+&entry=marbled+paper&T=Lot&Ti=&P=&SR=All
      &MF=03&DF=018&YF=2006&MT=&DT=&SU=0&RQ=False&AN=1>

      Here is the detail image:

      http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/search/alt_images.asp?lObjectID=4685093

      See it now before they remove it from the web!

      Jake Benson
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