A lady on a terrace with hookah and falcon

Artist: Attributed to Har Jaimal (Indian, active late 18th century)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1760
Nurpur school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 23.5 × 15.9 cm (9 1/4 × 6 1/4 in)
India, Himachal Pradesh state, Nurpur
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


falcon, hookah, India, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, woman

To 1969
Kasmin Gallery, London, England. [1]

From 1969 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Kasmin Gallery, London, England. In April 1969. [2]

From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001. [3]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. [4]


[1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting in 1969 from Kasmin Gallery in London, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records via Catherine Glynn Benkaim.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Kasmin Gallery English, 1963 - 1972


This painting represents a traditional subject in an unusual high-key pastel palette. A tall lady, dressed in lavender and with a blandly generic face, stands against a backdrop of an aqua-blue lake and green hills. She holds a white falcon and a hookah mouthpiece. A female attendant stands to the right. The rendering of the flowery tree to her left and the distant landscape is cursorily rendered.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum