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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1973.166.B
People
Unknown Artist
Title
A King Attending a Purification Ceremony
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
18th-19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216401
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Rajput Style
Dimensions
21.59 x 26.04 cm (8 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith
Accession Year
1973
Object Number
1973.166.B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The painting depicts a type of purification ceremony for a male youth, possibly a prince. He sits in a white, square basin while a male figure adds water to the inside of the structure. Steam, represented by gold lines, emerges from the structure. Kneeling in front of the youth is a king with his hands clasped in prayer. He wears a long white garland of flowers and a bow over his left shoulder. A quiver rests against his back. Behind the king is a priest holding out prayer beads. Rajput Style.
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