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Indian, Himalayan &
Southeast Asian Art

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art

Francesca Galloway

Floor 1
31 Dover Street
London W1S 4ND
United Kingdom

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Instagram: @francescagalloway

Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century

Court, Epic, Spirit presents a variety of artworks including textiles, paintings, and courtly objects. Grounding the works in their historical context, the selection offers insights into artistic and cultural movements in India during this time.

The title of the exhibition refers to three key lenses through which to view the multi-faceted and extraordinarily inventive arts of India: court, epic, spirit. With these organizing principles as a guide, the exceptional and iconic works of art in the installation can be more fully considered and understood.

Enhancing the artworks in the exhibition are an online catalogue, available on the gallery's website. Also provided is a video that features poet, art critic, and curator Ranjit Hoskote as he reads from his essay The Epic is Never Over. Hoskote invokes the figure of the dastango or storyteller and touches on key works on display depicting scenes from epic texts.

Read about coverage of this show in The New Yorker, click here and a review by David Carrier in Hyperallergic entitled Painting that Exhilarates the Eye and Mind, click here.

17th Century Deccan Wrestler's Weight

On their website, Francesca Galloway is now featuring a rare Wrestler's Weight. Carved from a single piece of black basalt, this 17th century stone dumbbell or nal from the Deccan makes a sculptural statement. With its open center and horizontal grip, this rare object speaks of the wrestler’s hands that would have lifted it.

Wrestler’s Weight, Deccan, Golconda or Hyderabad,
17th century, carved basalt, Dia. 19 cm and Dia. 27 cm

For the warrior class and nobility of the Indian courts, gymnastics and martial arts were an important part of their position. These ‘dumbbells’ or nal would have been part of their physical training, and came in progressive weights for the development of biceps, triceps, and leg muscles. We can see similar weights and training objects depicted in dynamic use by bare-chested acrobats and wrestlers in Ragamala paintings representing Desakh Ragini.

Read more, click here.