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The lady and the crane, c. 1710-20, Kulu, (The Archer Collection)

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: The lady and the crane, c. 1710-20, Kulu, (The Archer Collection)
Author(s): Archer, William George
Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Miniature Painting: Pahari, Basohli style
Description: In Indian painting and poetry, peacocks and cranes, their long necks raised in hopeless yearning, were often employed as symbols of unappeased desire. The disorder stresses the girl's tumult. The situation is one of neurotic tension, yet the painting has a glamorous potency. It is symptomatic of Kulu weirdness that the woman has long strong legs, negligible waist, small torso, a hair-thin vulva and two tiny breasts, built up out of layers of paint and set audaciously askew across her chest. -- 9.5 x 5 inches.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3318


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