Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Blossom Cluster of Delight"

I picked up a postcard of this painting in Boston and it's on my studio wall right now - what a delight to find the image on the Harvard's Sackler Museum website so I can share it here. Apparently, beetle-wing cases were used in its making, see below. How's that for mixed media?
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Image:
Unknown Artist
A Nayika and Her Lover: Page from a Dispersed Rasamanjari Series (Blossom Cluster of Delight), c. 1660-1670
Painting
Indian, 17th century
Basohli, Kashmir, India
Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle-wing cases on paper
actual: 23.4 x 33 cm (9 3/16 x 13 in.)
Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith, 1972.74

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