Gosain Kirpal Girji

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1720
  • Geography

    Nagaur, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (Image): 34.9 × 24.8 cm (13 3/4 × 9 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Nagaur school
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: in Devanagari-Gosainji Kirpal Girji Sikh Sawalji
  • Provenance

    To 1964
    Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Lewis, San Francisco [1]
    From 1983 to 2001
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, purchased from R.E. Lewis, San Francisco in September 1983 [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] Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005) was an active collector and dealer primarily prior to 1972. Lewis sourced paintings for James Ivory prior to 1972, for Barbara Janeff, and for the artist Paul Wonner, as per the Bonhams September 17, 2014 sale of the Janeff collection.
    [2] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Yoga: The Art of Transformation (October 19, 2013 to January 26, 2014)
    A Flower from Every Meadow: Indian Paintings from American Collections (April 12, 1973 to November 11, 1973)
    Indian Miniature Paintings from West Coast Private Collections (May 29 to July 19, 1964)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Ray E. Lewis (1923-2005)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Nagaur, 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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