Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Rare Sikh artefacts for auction at Bonhams



Bonhams London

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Several rare pieces for sale at Bonhams, London.

Lot 230
A GOLD AND SILVER-DAMASCENED STEEL QUOIT (CHAKRAM) DEPICTING THE SIKH GURUS, Sialkot, 19th Century, £5,000 - 7,000




A gold and silver-damascened steel Quoit (chakram) depicting the Sikh Gurus
Sialkot, 19th Century of circular form, the outer edge sharpened, decorated in silver and gold inlay with alternating cartouches containing depictions of seated figures with inscriptions in gurmukhi flanked by spandrels of vegetal interlace, and ogee arches, the interstices with vegetal interlace, the reverse with a zig-zag design formed by interlocking alternating triangles filled with foliate vines and stylised palmettes
28.6 cm. diam.The inscriptions comprise the names of the Sikh Gurus.

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A Sikh repoussé silver Parasol (Chattri)
Punjab, 19th Century, Auction 21720



of conical form, the body depicting Guru Nanak seated with Bhai Mardana to his right playing a stringed instrument, Bhai Bala to his left with a flywhisk, rising to a ridged tapering handle decorated with scale motifs, the base with alternating foliate and scalloped scrolling motifs, chain suspensions below
18.5 cm high; 261 g.
FOOTNOTES
It is possible that this miniature silver parasol or chattri once hung over a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture. 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.

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Lot 298
TWELVE PAINTINGS DEPICTING SIKH AND PUNJAB FIGURES, INCLUDING MUL RAJ, DINA NATH AND A SIKH READING THE GURU GRANTH
North India, Punjab, circa 1850
(12)
£3,000 - 5,000

Watercolours on watermarked paper (two watermarked 1850), four with embossed stamps in upper corner reading Commercial Post 1851 and an image of a sailing boat, all with identifying inscriptions in English and Persian in ink (in the case of four the inscriptions trimmed and mounted on the backboards), framed
the largest six 245 x 195 mm.; two 220 x 180 mm.; the remaining four 150 x 150 mm.(12)

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