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Maharaja Raj Singh Adored by His Ladies

Date:
ca. 1710–20
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Sawar)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
Painting: 13 3/8 x 17 1/4 in. (34 x 43.8 cm)
Inscription: 2 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (7 x 13.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.65a, b
Not on view
The small state of Sawar was founded in 1627, and its rajas are related to those of Mewar. In the early eighteenth century, an artist working for Maharaja Raj Singh (1646–1730) produced an exceptional, stylistically distinct group of colored drawings that were probably inspired by like works, in turn based on Mughal prototypes, being made at the Mewari court of Amar Singh II.

Here, Maharaja Raj Singh, enormous in scale, is adored by the comparatively diminutive ladies from his harem, who touch and tie ribbons to his clothing and hold gifts for him. Paintings of similar scenes from Kishangarh portray the raja's birthday celebration, at which the prince reciprocates his wives' tokens with gifts for them.
Inscription: Inscribed in devanagari on reverse; "Maharaj sri raj sinhaji ki chabi hai ("It is a picture of Maharaja Raj Singh").
This inscription was on the back of painting, but was removed when the painting was relined.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from the Courts of North India: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pursuits at the Hindu Courts," 2002–2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," May 17, 2004–October 5, 2004.

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