The maharaja of Jaipur paying homage and seeking seeking the blessings of the goddess Bahucharji (Chubal): The goddess Bahucharje (a form of the great goddess Devi ) who is attended by the youthful gods Shiva and Krishna . The maharaja, perhaps Jagat Singh, is seen in a palace forecourt greeting the goddess who rests sidesaddle on a cockerel vahana ,her vehicle. Behind her are Shiva and Krishna are seen as blue and white twins in a type of tandem dance. : The goddess, though according to Blurton is popular in Gujarat, Western India: lacks a reference in either Majupuria’s, or Gupte’s books*. The three eyed goddess holds in her four hands; a mace, trident. sword and a lotus. She is richly dressed and bejeweled and on her head is a crown which is surrounded by a golden nimbus. The blue and white figures are also richly adorn and in their four hands hold the following: Shiva peacock feathers, sword, drum, and lotus and blue one sword, drum whisk, and lotus. Their nimbus each contain a coiling snake The floor of the forecourt is a rich pattern, behind the walls a rich profusion of flowers, in the foreground a marble pool and fountain.
REFERENCES * Blurton, T. Richard; Hindu Art: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts,1993, p.158. ** Majupuria,T.C. & Kumar,Rohit: Gods and Goddesses; Know Nepal Series No. 10;Craftsman Press, Bangkok; 1998, Gupte,R.S.;Iconography of the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains;D.B.Taraporevala Sons & Co. Pvt. Ltd.;Bombay, 1980;
Ithaca College Museum of Art Ithaca, New York, 1971
Lycoming College Gallery, Williamsport,1981
Christie’s NYC: 14 September 2010 Auction (FAUSTO-2337):Item 204 not sold.
Collection of James E. Bogle, Philadelphia
Acquired 26 June 1970 from Kumar Galleries , 11 Sundar Nagar Market, New Delhi, India