Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bonhams: Sikh artefacts for sale.

More sales of Sikh artifacts at Bonhams in London.

These include a Chattri of the Guru Granth Sahib. From the collection of Sir Charles Umpherston Aitchison, Lieutenant General of Punjab (1882-87). The parasol depicts the Ten Gurus of Sikhism. The Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture, is said to be the 11th Guru. It is possible that this miniature silver parasol or chattri once hung over a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib. There is a comparable example in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (inv. no. 2007.19) which depicts Guru Nanak, the first of the Ten Sikh gurus) along with his two companions, Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala.

A group of four miniatures, depicting Sikh subjects: Guru Nanak, Maharajah Ranjit Singh, the Golden Temple at Amritsar, and Jassa Singh Ramgharia: Northern India, circa 1840-60

Two Sikh portraits, depicting Maharajah Ranjit Singh, Maharajah Ghulab Singh; and an unusual portrait of General Sir Charles Napier (1782-1853), conqueror of Sind Northern India, circa 1850 and slightly later.

There are two paintings of Guru Nanak, two of Guru Gobind Singh, a portrait of Maharajah Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) seated on a terrace with Maharajah Kharak Singh (1802-1840), Maharajah Dhian Singh (1796-1843) standing before them, and Jassa Singh Ramgharia. Jassa Singh Ramgharia (17231803) was a prominent Sikh leader during the period of the Sikh Confederacy. He was the Commander of the Ramgharia Misl from 1716 to 1801. The seals of Maharaj Ranbir Singh of Jind, a painting of him. As well as many medals and other items.

8 Oct 2013 10:30 BST London, New Bond Street
Islamic and Indian Art
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