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Maharana Ari Singh with His Courtiers Being Entertained at the Jagniwas Water Palace

Bhima , Indian
Kesu Ram (Indian)
Bhopa (Indian)
Nathu (Indian)
dated 1767
India (Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: 26 5/8 x 32 7/8 in. (67.6 x 83.5 cm) Image: 22 3/4 x 29 3/16 in. (57.8 x 74.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Irving, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Grunwald Gifts, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Gustavo Cisneros, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
The maharana expresses his power and social position in this complicated work, which incorporates numerous figures set within the landscape of a lake palace. Employing multiple viewpoints, the painters depict Ari Singh in the main hall with his chiefs organized according to rank. They look on at a festival performance of dance and music. Ari Singh appears again in the lower left, next to a pool filled with fish and surrounded by tiny wall paintings populated with erotic scenes and the ten avatars (appearances) of Vishnu.
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