A Raja and His Courtiers in Procession Outside a Walled City

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1785-90
  • Geography

    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, Deccan plateau, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 63.6 x 145.2 cm (25 1/16 x 57 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Court

    Hyderabad Court
  • School/Tradition

    Deccani school
  • Description

    A prince mounted on an ornately decorated elephant, preceded by a younger relative seated upon a horse, advances with a party of 108 courtiers, servants and soldiers. The drummers and musicians announcing his advance, the cavalry and cannon he commands, and the golden elephant howdah are all indications of his status. The pet cheetah borne on an ox cart in the painting's center foreground is, in all likelihood, a gift for the enthroned ruler watching the procession from a marble pavilion at the walled city's perimeter.
  • Provenance

    From 1940s
    Private collector, purchased in Delhi in the 1940s [1]
    To 2000
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York City, to 2000
    From 2000
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. in 2000
    [1] The object was purchased in Delhi by a private collector in the early 1940s and brought to England in the subsequent decade (according to Curatorial Note 2, Debra Diamond, September 28, 2000, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas (October 16, 2004 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd.
  • Origin

    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh state, Deccan plateau, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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