Keywords: Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection

130 objects

A lady being observed by her lover, folio from a Ragamala series

Within an intricately pillared terrace, against a verdant backdrop, a lady, seated on an elaborate gold throne, inspects herself in a mirror held by an attendant. A second female attendant caresses the princess’s hennaed feet. Hidden amongst the foliage is a prince who peers at the toilet scene.


A Rajput nobleman

The subject stands facing left against a brown background wearing a green turban, orange and white striped pants and a diaphanous jama. His gold patka is long and decorated with floral sprays.


Raja Pratap Singh of Sawar smoking a hookah

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.


Portrait of a Raja, perhaps the Thakur of Bamboli

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 …