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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1981.87.6
People
Unknown Artist
Title
“Chuprassi”
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1837-1840
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216157
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor and ink on paper; Company School
Dimensions
18.7 x 12.2 cm (7 3/8 x 4 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Language: English
    “Chuprassi”
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mrs. R. Minturn Sedgwick in memory of R. Minturn Sedgwick, Class of 1921
Accession Year
1981
Object Number
1981.87.6
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Set against a plain background is a male figure. He wears a white robe with a blue waist sash. The low neck exposes a shirt with pink and green flowers. Running across his body from his right shoulder is a red sash with a blue border and a small plaque with writing. The robe reaches just below the knee, exposing a white fabric with blue flowers. He wears brown heeled shoes that have toe ends that curl upward. He carries in front of him an envelope in his left hand. Tucked under his left arm is a fly whisk. He has a mustache and wears a blue turban. Underneath the depiction, written in cursive and black ink is: “Chuprassi”, meaning a messenger or servant wearing an official badge. Company School.

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