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Maharana Sangram Singh Riding a Prize Stallion

Artist:
Stipple Master (Indian, active ca. 1690–1715)
Artist:
Jai Ram (?)
Date:
ca. 1712
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Mewar)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and Basra pearls on paper
Dimensions:
8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21 x 19 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.403
Not on view
Presented within a long-standing tradition of imperial portraiture, Maharana Sangram Singh sits on rearing horse flanked by attendants holding fly whisks. A radiant halo further aggrandizes the king and references his dynastic descent from the sun god. The premier artist who executed this work used a stippling technique that is otherwise unknown in Rajput painting, though it does have Mughal and Deccan precedents. This distinctive approach coupled with a sparse use of color allows the paper substrate to show through, giving the painting a dreamlike quality seen in works from the period only by this artist.
Inscription: dhiraja maharna ji shri sa(n)gram si(n)ghji ghora bazraj
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