A yogi seated in a garden, North Indian or Deccani miniature painting, c.1620-40

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"KAMOD RAGINI. Northern India or Deccan, circa 1620-1640. From a Ragamala series, a young yogi seated on a leopard skin in a landscape with flowering trees in the background, mounted on card with blue and yellow margins. Miniature 7 5/8 x 4 7/8in. (19.4 x 12.4cm.). Provenance Sundaram, Delhi, 1967."

A disgruntled courtier compares himself to a Brahmin

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"PORTRAIT OF A PERSIAN COURTIER. Probably Mughal India, 1620-30. Pen and ink heightened with gouache and gold on paper, the courtier wearing an elaborate turban standing with his hands folded in front of him, inscribed above and below in black, mounted on an album page. Album leaf 11¼ x 7in. (28.5 x 17.7cm.).

Lot Notes: The inscription reads:

I have been tying the belt of service throughout my life, what is my value?
I would have been a Brahman, had I tied so many zunnar [=sacred threads]
In your service, there is no motto or profession for me other than servitude.
The inscription is clearly a complaint of an official to his superior or ruler and may relate to the subject of the painting. This is a sensitive portrait of a young Persian courtier wearing the large turban and moustache fashionable during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587-1629). He is clasping his hands before him and stands with his feet closely together."

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