Equestrian portrait of Amar Singh II (r. 1698-1710) riding the horse Gira Baj

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1697
  • Geography

    Udaipur, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 26 × 20.2 cm (10 1/4 × 7 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Udaipur school
  • Inscriptions

    Recto: Ghodi Girad Baj Pokhar Singhji
    Mare Girad Raj [received from?] Pokhar Singh ji
    Verso (top center): (Jotdan) 24/32; ki(mat) 4 rupee
    Merwar Inventory no. 24/32; value 4 rupees
    (bottom right corner)
  • Provenance

    To 2011
    Estate of Mr. Howell, U.K. [1]
    Sale, London, Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, January 19, 2011, lot. 354: “Maharana Amar Singh (reg. 1698-1710) riding with an entourage of attendants on foot”
    Shawn Ghassemi, San Francisco, California, purchased at auction “Islamic and Indian Art,” Bonhams, London, January 19, 2011, lot no. 354, “Maharana Amar Singh (reg. 1698-1710) riding with an entourage of attendants on foot”
    From 2011 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, exchanged painting with Shawn Ghassemi in May 2011 [2]
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [3]
    [1] The painting was sold at Bonhams, London as the Estate of Mr. Howell of the United Kingdom. His son of the name consigned the painting to Bonhams.
    [2] Catherine Glynn Benkaim exchanged her Kishangarh Radha and Krishna painting for this work from Shawn Ghassemi in May 2011.
    [3] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. Howell (English)
    Estate of Mr. Howell
    Shariar M. Ghassemi
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Udaipur, 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
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