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Identification and Creation

Object Number
A Ruler Pays Tribute to the Hindu Monkey God Hanuman
Work Type
c. 1830
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Rajasthan, Kota
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Physical Descriptions

ink and opaque watercolor on paper; Rajput Style, Kota School


Recorded Ownership History
Mary Katherine Burton Jones.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mary Katherine B. Jones
Accession Year
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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On the left stands a ruler, his status signified by his large stature, turban and its ornaments, as well as the yellow halo. He has a thin mustache that curves upward and a distinct, dark beard. He wears a three-stoned earring, bracelets, and armlet, a long robe (jama), and red and yellow waist sash (patka). On his other side he carries a large, black shield (dhal) and a sword, the scabbard can be seen peeking from the left. He stands barefoot, a sign of respect, and his hands are clasped together in prayer and veneration while he faces Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Hanuman sits on a traditional Indian throne, with one leg tucked underneath him and the other draped off the side. He sits against a large cylindrical pillow. He has a yellow halo and wears an earring, necklaces, bracelets, armlets, and anklets. Hanuman holds up a small flower with his right hand while holding a mace, his traditional weapon, against his shoulder with his left hand. Tucked under his left arm is a small, black shield. Behind the god is an attendant. He wears a red turban, a long robe, and a red and yellow waist sash. The hilts of two daggers peak from above his waist sash. The barefoot attendant holds up a fly whisk with his right hand while holding a black shield against his body with his left. Rajput Style, Kota School.

Publication History

  • Stages of Depiction: Indian Drawings: 17th-19th Centuries, auct. cat., Hurst Gallery (Cambridge, 2006), pp 52, cat. 39

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