Raja Pratap Singh of Sawar smoking a hookah

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1680
  • Geography

    Sawar, Rajasthan state, India
  • Material

    Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 32.4 × 22.9 cm (12 3/4 × 9 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Artist

    Attributed to Wajid (active late 17th century)
  • Description

    The raja wears an orange jama and orange and white striped turban. He sits on a green cover against a black background. An attendant dressed in yellow holds a peacock fan. The hookah bowl is blue and white.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sotheby's (London)
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim
  • Provenance

    Sale, London, Sotheby’s, “Important Oriental Miniatures, Manuscripts and Qajar Lacquer,” October 8-9, 1979, lot no. 128: “A Portrait of Raja Pratap Singh of Sawar”
    From 1979 to 2001
    Ralph Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased at auction, Sotheby’s, London, “Important Oriental Miniatures, Manuscripts and Qajar Lacquer,” Oct. 8-9, 1979, lot 128: “A Portrait of Raja Pratap Singh of Sawar”
    From 2001 to 2008
    Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim after his death in 2001
    From 2018
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [1]
    [1] See Deed of Gift, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

    Sawar, 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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