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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unknown Artist
Raja Ram Singh of Jammu
Work Type
19th century
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Kashmir, Jammu
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Physical Descriptions

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
33 x 27.6 cm (13 x 10 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Language: English
    Script: Raja Ram Singh of Jammu


Recorded Ownership History
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1983 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1983.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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A young Raja Ram Singh (b. 1861-1899) is depicted at the center of the image. He wears a red and gold turban with a large plume and an elaborate turban ornament (sarpech) that is studded with emeralds, rubies, and pearls. Three large emeralds with pearls hang from the end of the ornament onto the top of his forehead. The prince wears large gold hoop earrings with two pearls flanking a large emerald. Around his neck he wears a collar of multiple strands of pearls with teardrop emeralds hanging from it, as well as two longer pearl necklaces with emerald and pearl-studded pendants. Raja Ram Sing wears a dark red robe with gold trim. He carries a sword (talwar) inside a green scabbard in the crook of his left arm. His gray eyes intensely gaze downward. Behind the young prince is another young male figure. He wears a red turban, two earrings, which includes same large hoop that Raja Ram Singh is wearing, and a pendant studded with an emerald. He also wears a red robe (jama). Based on his jewelry and clothing, he is of noble or royal status. Both figures stand on a terrace.

Raja Ram Singh was the second son of Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. He later became the commander-in-chief of the state forces.

Exhibition History

  • Poignant, Picturesque, and Berserk Northern Indian Paintings and Objects of the Seventeenth through Nineteenth Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/08/1992 - 10/04/1992

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