Maharana Sangram Singh Riding a Prize Stallion

Stipple Master Indian
Jai Ram

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.

Maharana Sangram Singh Riding a Prize Stallion, Stipple Master (Indian, active ca. 1690–1715), Ink, opaque watercolor, gold, and Basra pearls on paper, India (Rajasthan, Mewar)

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