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Court Painting and Yogic Metaphysics in Nineteenth-Century Jodhpur Court Painting in Rajasthan, edited by Andrew Topsfield,

Title:Court Painting and Yogic Metaphysics in Nineteenth-Century Jodhpur Court Painting in Rajasthan, edited by Andrew Topsfield,
Author:Diamond, Debra
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 51-3, p. 139-150
Abstract:In the early 19th century, court artists at Jodhpur developed a monumental manuscript format (148 x 47cm) for epic and puranic narratives as well as well as hagiographic and yogic texts associated with the Nath Sampradaya, a heterodox Shaiva order. Diamond focuses on the Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, a hatha yoga treatise, to consider how the "Muslim artist" composed the previously unillustrated text and exploited the possibilities of the large format. The artist's magnification, juxtaposition, and integration of motifs from court, Jain, and yogic visual traditions testify to a flexible workshop tradition based on tracing practices. The author further proposes that the manuscript be seen as the product of Maharaja Man Singh's (1803--;43) devotion to the divine Nath Jallandhar and as an ideological tool that legitimized the political role of Nath yogis within the kingdom.

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