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
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.
Inscription: dhiraja maharna ji shri sa(n)gram si(n)ghji ghora bazraj
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting at Mewar," July 10, 2007–November 19, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting: A Curatorial Legacy," June 15, 2016–December 4, 2016.