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At A Glance

  • Period

    dated 1687
  • Geography

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 11.5 × 8.3 cm (4 1/2 × 3 1/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Son of Ruknuddin
  • Description

    A half-length portrait of a noble facing right with his right arm resting on a gold-bordered orange textile draped over a window ledge. His turban is draped in pearls, he wears numerous rubies, and his gold coat has a fur collar. The profile portrait within a jharokha window and the pale green ground are drawn from Mughal painting.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: inscription in nagari script: Pata Saha bhaga nagar ro kam rukdi re bete ro sam. 1744 jeth Abul Hasan. Ruler of Bhaganagar by the son of Ruknuddin, vs. 1744/a.d. 1687, month of Jeth. Abul Hasan.
    Top verso margin: Abdullah Qutub Shah
    Top verso margin: Abdullah Qutub Shah
  • Provenance

    To 1967
    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner [1]
    From 1967 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001),
    purchased from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December [2]
    From 2001 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    [1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December 1967, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records, as relayed by Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
    Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi (India, Bikaner)
  • Origin

    Bikaner, Rajasthan 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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