Jagat Singh and his Queens at Jagniwas


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 693

The setting of this painting, which is a testament to the opulent lifestyle of the Mewar court at Udaipur, celebrates the pleasure palace of Jagniwas. Situated on a manmade island in Pichola Lake, this unique achievement in Rajput palace architecture united the natural and built landscape in a single vision of shimmering white buildings amid the tranquil waters of an artificial lake. Maharana Jagat Singh (r. 1734–51) is shown in five settings: once on a temple visit, and four times within the lake palace, where he enjoys the company of his queens and a female entourage performing a rasalila dance celebrating Lord Krishna. In the final scene he displays his archery skills to his courtiers by shooting fish in the lake.

Jagat Singh and his Queens at Jagniwas, Sukha, Opaque watercolor with gold and tin on paper, India, Rajasthan, Udaipur

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