Maharaja Ranbir Singh succeeded his father Gulab Singh as ruler of Jammu and Kashmir in 1857 and reigned until his death in 1885. His profile was quite distinctive with his upwardly pointing mustachio and Dogra-style rounded turban. He is pictured here with his palms pressed together respectfully, in the presence of Shiva and Parvati.
Refer to Archer W.G., Paintings of the Sikhs, London, 1966, cat 57-60. For a general discussion on Sikh painting refer to B. N. Goswamy and Caron Smith, I See No Stranger: Early Sikh Art and Devotion, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2006.
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