Friday, 28 January 2011
Indian paintings on mica, c1850.
This series depicts trades people etc., other popular subjects were Hindu Gods and Goddesses, religious events, and flora and fauna.
Mica is a transparent mineral that can be easily split into thin sheets, and is found widely throughout Southern India, and because the paint was applied in thick layers, (due to smooth surface and lack of key on the mica), the paintings retain their wonderful bright and beautiful colours.
(1) A Faquir and his wife.
(2) A Snake Charmer and his wife.
(3) Late Rajah of ?Tangira and his wife.