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The following is a comment about the pieces dated May 19, 1980, written by Roy Craven, Professor of Art and Director of the Gallery at the University of Florida:

"Patna paintings are named for a city in India on the Ganges river between Delhi and Calcutta. The artist drew a picture, mica was placed over it and the design copied. These pictures were then sold to tourists (often British soldiers) as souvenirs. The artists were Muslim, but they painted Hindu scenes.

These two pictures were probably painted about 1860. Present value (May 19, 1980) is about $75.00 each.

The vertical picture is of Durga, the lion goddess destroying the buffalo demon (note: the legs of the grey animal look like an elephant’s, but they really portray a buffalo).

The horizontal picture is a religious procession, particularly interesting because it is lead by three uniformed soldiers with drum, fife and bugle. Other men are carrying spears. The blue goddess is Keli, the goddess of destruction atop Shiva, god of destruction and reconstruction.

The Gallery has a good East Indian collection and if you would like to contribute these at any time, the Gallery would be most happy to accept them.”

Any offers, appraisals or comments?


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