Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and Basra pearls on paper
8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21 x 19 cm)
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2004
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
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