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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1960.41
People
Unknown Artist
Title
Portrait of a Prince
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
18th-19th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216518
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
23.4 x 11.4 cm (9 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Goelet
Accession Year
1960
Object Number
1960.41
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Standing facing right is a male figure. He has a dark mustache and beard. The figure wears a turban of fabric with flowers and a large plume; a long, white robe (jama) decorated with flowers, an orange waist sash (patka) with gold ends that bear purple irises; and red and green boots with gold embroidery. Tucked into his waist sash is a punch-dagger (katar) with a jewel-encrusted hilt. His right hand just touches the top of the hilt. His left hand rests on the pommel of his sword (talwar), its pink sheath can be seen from behind the figure and on the other side. A red sash runs across the figure’s body. A black shield (dhal) can be seen from the front and on the other side of the figure. Based on the plume and the elaborate dress, this figure is of princely status. He stands on bright green grass dotted with small flowers and against a seafoam green sky with a high, white horizon line.
Publication History

Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Exhibition History

The Ottomans and their Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/21/1992 - 05/17/1992

Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006

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