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Darbar Mirza Maharai Lakhpatiji

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Nagaur, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 48.3 × 68 cm (19 × 26 3/4 in)
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Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Nagaur school
  • Description

    The setting is a huge, open marble terrace, set bedside a lush arbor-filled garden. A large summer white carpet is patterned with bold flowers in a trellis shape with metal derived lozenge-shaped images interspersed. The Kutch retinue of nobles sits on this carpet on the left side, while the Nagaur visitors sit on the right side. The chief Mahant of Kutch, dressed in salmon robes, joins the left side assembly. A multi-floral burgundy-based smaller carpet has been placed on top of this white carpet, and a smaller still yellow cotton dhurrie sits on top of the burgundy carpet. It is upon this that the two royals are seated against burgundy bolsters. A hexagonal shaminana, boldly designed with gold floral designs on red velvet, shelters them from the sun.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso in mixed Gujarati and Devanagari: Bakhat Singhji, Rao Shri Lakhpatji, Rao Shri
  • Provenance

    From at least 1977
    Fuest, Heidelberg [1]
    From at least 1983
    Dr. and Mr. O.C. Kirsch, Heidelberg [2]
    Sale, London, Francesca Galloway, Indian Miniatures and Works of Art, autumn 2004, lot 7: “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh” [3]
    From 2004 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, “Indian Miniatures and Works of Art,” Francesca Galloway, London, lot no. 7, “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh” in July 2004 [4]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [5]
    [1] According to B.N. Goswamy, he saw the painting in a Heidelberg gallery in 1977. The gallery was called Fuest, and was owned by Mr. Fuest. Later Mr. Fuest closed the gallery and moved to either Australia or New Zealand.
    [2] According to Goswamy, B.N. and A. Dallapiccola, A Place Apart: Painting in Kutch 1720-1820, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983), pp. 75, plate VI.
    [3] See auction catalogue from the sale in London. Francesca Galloway, Indian Miniatures and Works of Art, autumn 2004, lot 7: “Meeting between Lakhpatji & Bakhat Singh.”
    [4] See note 3.
    [5] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. and Mrs. O. C. Kirsch
    Francesca Galloway, Ltd. (established 1992)
    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 National Museum of Asian Art
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