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Portrait of Thakur Utham Ram

ca. 1760
India (Rajasthan, Jhilai)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and silver on paper
8 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (22.2 x 27.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Cynthia Hazen Polsky, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like many portraits of the Rajput elite, this depiction of Thakur Utham Ram shows him with objects that denote his status. He reclines on a bulbous cushion and smokes an elaborate silver bidriware hookah painted with applied silver; even the complex floral designs typical of this refined metalwork are shown. He wears elaborate jewels, displays his sword, and sits on carpets rendered in great detail. Jhilai was an important feudatory state of Jaipur that was in line for dynastic succession to the throne if heirs from the Jaipur ruler were lacking.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Hindu Court Painting," July 17, 2013–September 8, 2013.

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