Equestrian Portrait of a Nobleman
Attributed to Dalchand
India (Rajasthan, Jodhpur)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
12 x 8 3/8 in. (30.5 x 21.3 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2002
Not on view
This equestrian portrait shows a minor nobleman atop a chocolate-colored steed. The spirit of the animal is particularly well captured in its stance, and its lively and beautiful head is rendered economically. The black spear pole and the horse's deep, rich hue divide the green background into powerful negative spaces and lend the painting its powerful presence. The subtle description of the rider's face and costume belies the portrait's Mughal antecedents. It is probably by the same hand as another early Marwar equestrian portrait in the Museum's collection (2002.349). Both portraits seem to have been made by the master painter Dalchand, who trained at the Mughal court and then worked in both Marwar and Kishangarh.