Connection Information

To perform the requested action, WordPress needs to access your web server. Please enter your FTP credentials to proceed. If you do not remember your credentials, you should contact your web host.

Connection Type

Ascetic - National Museum of Asian Art
Image 1 of 1
Download Image IIIF

Terms of Use

Usage Conditions Apply

At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1750
  • Geography

    Basohli or Mankot, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab Hills, India
  • Material

    Brush drawing on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 21 x 18 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F2006.5
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F2006.5

Object Details

  • Court

    Basohli or Mankot Court
  • School/Tradition

    Pahari school
  • Provenance

    Possibly at least 1950s-ca. 1970
    Jagdish Mittal, method of acquisition unknown [1]
    Ca. 1970-?
    Unidentified individual, Europe, purchased from Jagdish Mittal [2]
    ?-?
    Unidentified individual, Europe, method of acquisition unknown from Unidentified individual, Europe [3]
    ?-2006
    Unidentified individual, method of acquisition unknown [4]
    2006
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd. (active 1990-2013), New York, NY, method of acquisition unknown from Unidentified individual [5]
    From 2006
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd. [6]
    Notes:
    [1] See Curatorial Remark, dated December 17, 2010, copy in object file. The Curatorial Remark described the provenance as, “Drawing from the collection of Jagdish Mittal, sold to a European collector around 1970. The drawing then entered another European collection before it came into the possession of the seller[, named(?) JR]."
    See Acquisition Justification, dated September 5, 2006, copy in object file. The Acquisition Justification states, “The drawing fragment, which has been in two European private collections successively over the last four decades, was earlier in the collection of Jagdish Mittal of Hyderabad, India. Mr. Mittal acquired the bulk of his painting collection in the 1950s and 1960s.”
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See note 1, Curatorial Remark.
    See also document titled, “Curatorial Object Viewing,” dated August 28, 2006, copy in object file. The document states that “JR gave his permission to have the painting [now F2006.4] and [this] drawing sent to the museum.” JR remains unidentified.
    [4] See “Incoming Receipt,” dated September 1, 2006, copy in object file. The object was transferred from Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, NY, to the Freer Gallery of Art for acquisition consideration on September 1, 2006.
    See also Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, NY, invoice, dated October 8, 2006, copy in object file. Object is described as, “Ascetic.”
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. (active 1990-2013) in New York, NY, specialized in Indian and Islamic paintings and occasionally three-dimensional metal and wooden objects. Founded by Terence G. McInerney, his prior firm was the Greater India Company, Inc. (active 1974-1991) in Cambridge, MA.
    [5] See Freer Gallery of Art “Acquisition Consideration” form, marked approved on September 21, 2006, copy in object file.
    Research updated August 17, 2023
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Jagdish Mittal
    Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd. (active 1990-2013)
  • Origin

    Basohli or Mankot, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab Hills, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Drawing
  • Restrictions and Rights

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Keep Exploring