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Shariar M. Ghassemi
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
In early modern north India, horses were invaluable in battle, and thus played a central role in the culture of the Kshatriya warriors who ruled and protected the kingdoms of Rajasthan. By the late seventeenth century, royal portraiture was on its way to becoming the primary genre of Rajput painting, and equestrian portraits were a key mode for representing the prowess and territorial control of kings. In this painting, a ruler of Mewar, haloed and wearing a gold jama, proceeds across a sage green ground on a favorite chestnut steed. The portrait depicts either Rana Raj Singh I (r. 1652-80) or his successor Rana Jai Singh I (r. 1680-98) of Mewar. However, it relates more closely to equestrian portraits of Raj Singh that bear the name of horse and ruler in inscriptions.
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- South Asian and Himalayan Art
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