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Guest Kaur

SSA all,

 

15 years ago I found 2 miniature paintings in an old fort. They are on paper that is  2-4 inches in height and width , with glass on top that is meant to protect them. They are now very old and the paper needs to be restored/protected. One of them is with Guru Gobind Singh Ji on a horse and the other one is of Guru Nanak with Sidhs and Pirs [more than 9 people so probably not of the Gurus].

Question of the art and history aficionados  what is the earliest depiction of the Guru's in the above manner? 

Here are some dates regarding the fort/people that I found them in: http://members.iinet.net.au/~royalty/ips/families/jalawalia.html

 

 

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On 3/16/2018 at 12:46 PM, Guest Kaur said:

15 years ago I found 2 miniature paintings in an old fort.

Don't know about this. You might want to contact Ms. Gurmeet Rai, active in Sikh conservation issues.

I think this is her contact info:

https://in.linkedin.com/in/gurmeet-sangha-rai-1a793b30

Also see http://www.sikhfoundation.org/renconv.html

 

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On 3/18/2018 at 3:41 AM, S4NGH said:

Post pics of the miniature paintings you "found" in an old fort. 

yep found them, not stolen as you're alluding

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3 hours ago, Guest Kaur said:

yep found them, not stolen as you're alluding

Do you own the fort??

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My guess would be that those are from the second half of the 19th century. The first depictions of the Guru started appearing at some point in the first half of the 18th century, most of these were in the later Mughal style while the later Half of the 18th century and first half of the 19th century  most Sikh paintings were done in the Pahari style which was like the peak of Sikh art. When Sikhs started coming to power and the rajput hill rajas started loosing power many of the pahari artists come to the plains of Punjab looking for work and many were recruited by the Sikh empire and other wealthy Sikhs.  Your ones seem to be from a much later period. 

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Thanks, the paper is getting dated. One of them seems to be from a panel at Darbar Sahib.

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