Jalandhara Ragaputra, from a Ragamala series

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1740-1750
  • Geography

    Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 20.5 × 14.9 cm (8 1/16 × 5 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Bilaspur school
  • Provenance

    To 1947
    Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), Colombo, Sri Lanka, London, England, and Needham, Massachusetts [1]
    To 1984
    Galleria, San Francisco, California [2]
    From 1984 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased in June 1984 from Galleria [3]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glyn Benkaim [4]
    [1] Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and moved to England for his education in 1879. He attended university in London, graduating with degrees in geology and botany in 1900. He then returned to Ceylon and pursued a career in mineralogy, earning a doctorate in 1906. He was active from 1907 until his death in 1947 in Needham, Massachusetts. In 1910, however, his interests shifted to Indian and Sri Lankan culture, and he moved to America to serve as curator of Indian art and as a researcher of Indian and Middle Eastern art for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Because he spent the second half of his life in the U.S., it is highly unlikely that any art from his personal collection would have a contested provenance.
    [2] See Acquisition Justification Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] See note 2.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947)
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh state, India
  • Credit Line

    Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • Type

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