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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.332
Title
Seated Sadhu
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
first half of 19th century
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Indian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/330726
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Graphite, ink, and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions
14 x 11.4 cm (5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
Provenance
This object is part of a group of Indian drawings and paintings that were purchased by Norman Hurst in 2004. They had been purchased as a group by an American couple from the art dealer H.C. Mehra at the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta in 1953. The collection was next in the possession of a small Massachusetts museum from the late 1960s until 2004.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Mary Katherine Burton Jones in memory of Joyce Ann Bagby Kennedy
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.332
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In this tinted drawing, a sadhu, or Hindu ascetic, wears the ochre robes of one who has renounced the world. He sits pensively, lightly holding a pot for performing ritual cleansing with his right hand. His left hand and arm are hidden under his robe. The folds in his robes and turban are meticulously depicted, as are the details of his face
Publication History

Stages of Depiction: Indian Drawings: 17th-19th Centuries, auct. cat., Hurst Gallery (Cambridge, 2006), pp 17, cat. 5

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