Nowlakah, Calcutta 
From 1967 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Nowlakah, Calcutta in December 1967 
From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
 Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Nowlakah, Calcutta in December 1967, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records, as relayed by Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
 See note 1.
- Previous Owner(s)
Nowlakah Kolkata, India
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
This otherworldly painting centers upon a pale goddess dressed in white who is seated on a pink-tipped white lotus that hovers in an indeterminate space. Two massive red poppy plants in full bloom and bud, ultimately based on European botanical drawings that were adopted by Mughal artists and from there by Mewar artists and from there by a painter in Sawar, flank the goddess. The background is a solid field of rich chocolate brown.
- Collection Area(s)
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum