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Embracing Lovers with Sparklers
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Embracing Lovers with Sparklers

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Description Lovers dance in an affectionate embrace, the darkness broken by the illumination of hand-held fireworks. Fireworks have long been very popular in India, especially during Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, which celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali generally occurs in October or November. The sparks from the fireworks cascading to the ground are ingeniously rendered through the use of reflective gold and silver paint, now tarnished. This painting was probably bound in an album. Imagine viewing it by candlelight: upon turning the page, the sparks would have seemed to actually flicker, bringing the image to life
Date Description Narrative
7/28/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition; examined for technical study
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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ca. 1775
opaque watercolor and gold and silver paint on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 7 1/4 x W: 4 1/2 in. (18.4 x 11.4 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
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Not On View


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