An Audience with Rom Rishi

Historical period(s)
ca. 1700-1725
Mewar school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (painting): 18.1 × 28.6 cm (7 1/8 × 11 1/4 in) H x W (overall): 22.2 × 32.4 cm (8 3/4 × 12 3/4 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Mewar
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


ascetic, attendant, court, India, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, sword
Provenance research underway.

From the evidence of this painting, Rom Rishi (literally, hairy sage) appears to have been the leader of a band of militant ascetics devoted to Vishnu. Wearing Vaishnava tilaks on their foreheads, his attendants, one of whom fans him with a large leaf, are armed with shields and swords. The women and men of the court, all finely dressed, are seated to the right side of the rishi.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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