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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.175.1-2
People
Unknown Artist
Title
A Seated, Elderly, Rajput Courtier (.1); Sketches of Rulers, a Prince, and a Nobleman (.2)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/217925
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Ink and opaque white watercolor on paper; Rajput Style
Dimensions
dimensions for .1: 15.4 x 12.2 cm (6 1/16 x 4 13/16 in.)
dimensions for .2: 11.8 x 11 cm (4 5/8 x 4 5/16 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1973 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1973.
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
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.175.1-2
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
.1: Seated with his legs folded under him is an elderly Rajput courtier. He wears a white turban and a long robe (jama), the scalloped bottom edge of which encircles the bottom of the figure. From his waist sash (patka) hang a sword (talwar) and a quiver filled with arrows. Resting on the ground and his lap is a bow. In front of him is a round shield (dhal) propped up on its straps. The courtier has his arms bent out before him, as if in conversation. He has a slender frame and white facial hair. Rajput style.

.2: The page is filled with sketches of various figures. The ones on the left and right are of a ruler, possibly the same one. Their status is distinguished by elaborate turbans and earrings. Both have a moustache and distinct sideburns. These two figures are similarly posed and wear nearly identical garments consisting of a long robe (jama), with a waist sash (patka). Tucked into the waist sash is a punch dagger (katar), and hanging from it, on the other side, is a sword talwar). In between them is a partial sketch of a nobleman. He wears a simple turban, an earring, and a robe with a waist sash. From his facial features, particularly the wrinkles around his eye, he appears to be older. Facing downward on the page is a mounted Rajput prince with a quiver full of arrows hanging from the saddle. Black and red swirls throughout the page signify the artist testing strokes and adjusting the amount of pigment held in the brushes. Rajput style.

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