Portrait of a Raja, perhaps the Thakur of Bamboli

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1840
  • Geography

    Kota or Dungarpur, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque pigments heightened with gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 29.2 × 20.6 cm (11 1/2 × 8 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • School/Tradition

    Kota school
  • Description

    The nobleman holding the stem of a hookah in his right hand, the hilt of a sword in his left, wearing a blue jama with foliate decoration, a gold and red patka, thick pearl bracelets and a green turban with pearl strands. The gold and pearl details are in raised decoration, his emerald ring inlaid with green mica. Yellow and green ruled borders.
  • Inscriptions

    Verso: Jaipur 1789/1889; Kotah c. 1850, 600
  • Provenance

    Sale, New York, Sotheby’s, “Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art,” March 22, 1989, lot no. 150A: “Portrait of a Raja, Kotah”
    To 2009
    Theresa McCollough Gallery, New York
    From 2009 to 2018
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, purchased from Theresa McCollough Gallery, New York in October 2009 [1]
    [1] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sotheby's (New York)
    Theresa McCollough Gallery (opened 2000)
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Origin

    Kota or Dungarpur, 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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