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Worship of Shri Nathji

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1700
  • Geography

    Bikaner, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 18.8 × 26.7 cm (7 3/8 × 10 1/2 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Bikaner school
  • Provenance

    Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan, Udaipur, India [1]
    To 1986
    Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld (1924-2005) San Francisco, California [2]
    From 1986 to 2018
    Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001) and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld, San Francisco, California in 1986 [3]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [4]
    [1] The stamp on the verso of the painting reads: “Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan, Udaipur [inventory no.] T27/209.” The stamp indicates that the painting was in the collection of the shop, Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan in Udaipur, India. It is unclear if William K. Ehrenfeld purchased it directly from Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan or whether he acquired it from another dealer or collector.
    [2] See note 1. It is possible William Ehrenfeld purchased this painting as early as 1975, which is the year he began collecting.
    [3] Ralph and Catherine Benkaim purchased this painting from William K. Ehrenfeld in 1986.
    [4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan
    Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld (1935-2005)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • 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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