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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unknown Artist
A Prince Receives a Water Jug from a Young Woman at a Well
Work Type
c. 1745
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kishangarh
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Level 2, Room 2590, South Asian Art, South Asia in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras
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Physical Descriptions

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
actual: 29.1 x 17.2 cm (11 7/16 x 6 3/4 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith
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Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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In this painting, a prince, mounted on a gray-blue horse, approaches an elaborate well complex. His status is denoted by his turban with a large plume and his ornate dress. He reaches up to receive a small, gold water jug from a young female figure in yellow. Behind her a group of women converse near the mouth of the well. One of them holds a string that is connected to a vessel that is currently down the well. Four vessels are lined up against the small railing. Rajput Style, Kishangarh School.

Publication History

  • Stuart Cary Welch and Milo Cleveland Beach, Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks Northern Indian Painting from Two Traditions, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1965), page 31/figure 33
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), page 91/figure 98
  • Khoo Joo Ee, Kendi: Pouring Vessels in the University of Malaya Collection, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, NY, 1991), fig. 2, pg. 2, b/w
  • James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), page 150-151
  • Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997
  • [Reproduction only], Exposé (Essays from the Harvard Expository Writing Program), President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA, 1999 - 2000)., cover, color
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2001-2002 (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 35

Exhibition History

  • India: From Tribe to Court, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/23/1981 - 07/23/1981
  • Ambassador's Choice: The Galbraith Collection of Indian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 02/15/1986 - 04/06/1986
  • Gods, Thrones, and Peacocks - Revisited: Northern Indian Miniatures from two Traditions, Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/31/1990 - 06/10/1990
  • Hot as Curry - Subtle as Moonlight: Masterpieces of Rajput Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/02/1991 - 12/20/1991
  • From India's Hills and Plains: Rajput Painting from the Punjab and Rajasthan, 17th through 19th Centuries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/04/1993 - 10/31/1993
  • Rasika, the Discerning Connoisseur: Indian Paintings from the John Kenneth Galbraith Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/1998 - 04/05/1998
  • The Sensuous and the Sublime: Representations of Love in the Arts of the Middle East and Southern Asia, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/07/2001 - 12/30/2001
  • 32Q: 2590 South and Southeast Asia, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/17/2023 - 10/18/2023

Subjects and Contexts

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