A nobleman

A half-length portrait of a noble facing right with his right arm resting on a gold-bordered orange textile draped over a window ledge. His turban is draped in pearls, he wears numerous rubies, and his gold coat has a fur collar. The profile portrait within a jharokha window and the pale green ground are drawn from Mughal painting.

Maker(s)
Artist: Son of Ruknuddin
Historical period(s)
dated 1687
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (painting): 11.5 × 8.3 cm (4 1/2 × 3 1/4 in) H x W (overall): 21.5 × 16 cm (8 7/16 × 6 5/16 in)
Geography
India, Rajasthan state, Bikaner, probably painted in the Deccan
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2018.1.44
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Painting

Keywords
India, man, portrait, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, turban, window
Provenance

To 1967
Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner [1]

From 1967 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), purchased from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner in December [2]

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

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

Notes:

[1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting from Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi, Bikaner 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.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Sri Moti Chand Khajanchi India, Bikaner
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim

Description

A half-length portrait of a noble facing right with his right arm resting on a gold-bordered orange textile draped over a window ledge. His turban is draped in pearls, he wears numerous rubies, and his gold coat has a fur collar. The profile portrait within a jharokha window and the pale green ground are drawn from Mughal painting.

Inscription(s)

Verso: inscription in nagari script: Pata Saha bhaga nagar ro kam rukdi re bete ro sam. 1744 jeth Abul Hasan. Ruler of Bhaganagar by the son of Ruknuddin, vs. 1744/a.d. 1687, month of Jeth. Abul Hasan.
Top verso margin: Abdullah Qutub Shah

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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