Exhibitions/ Art Object

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

Artist:
Bhima , Indian
Artist:
Kesu Ram (Indian)
Artist:
Bhopa (Indian)
Artist:
Nathu (Indian)
Date:
dated 1767
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur)
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Paintings
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:
1994.116
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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