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Diwan Nawal Singh, Prime Minister of Datia

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1750
  • Geography

    Datia, Madhya Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 29.2 × 21.3 cm (11 1/2 × 8 3/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Datia school
  • Description

    Dressed in an ink blue jama and a rich orange turban with a matching wave-patterned (leheriya) sash (patka), Nawal Singh sits beneath a cool white canopy. An enormous amber-colored bolster with gold leaf-shaped motifs supports him. Suitable to his status, attendants wait on him and one waves a peacock feathered fly-whisk (morchal), a symbol of royalty.
  • Inscriptions

    An inscription at the top identifies Nawal Singh as a high-ranking civil officer (diwan).
  • Provenance

    From 1750 to ?
    The Maharaja of the princely State of Datia.
    To 1964
    Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005), San Francisco, California. [1]
    From 1964 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Ray E. Lewis in May 1964. [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001. [3]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. [4]
    [1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting in 1964 from R.E. Lewis, San Francisco, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records via Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See note 1.
    [4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Maharaja of Datia (active 18th century)
    Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005)
    Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Datia, Madhya Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the National Museum of Asian Art
  • Type

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