The delicate features of the noble's face with its naturalistic shading, the early almost Sultanate style rounded saddle-guards in bright orange, distinctive pagri and diaphanous muslin jama all suggest a date in the second quarter of the Seventeenth Century.
An unusual and very fine early painting, from a locale in Rajasthan significantly influenced by the Mughal manner - perhaps Ajmer - or a thikana of Marwar, possibly Nagaur. There are few published comparables extant, even in a related style, with none presently known to us from a series or by the same hand. It is an enigmatic work whose discovery helps trace the development of Seventeenth Century Rajput painting and its Mughal influences.
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