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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A NOBLEMAN PREPARES HIS ARROW
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LOT SOLD. 2,375 USD
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286

PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

A NOBLEMAN PREPARES HIS ARROW
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 2,375 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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A NOBLEMAN PREPARES HIS ARROW
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 7 3/4 by 5 1/2 in. (17.7 by 13.9 cm)
India, Rajasthan, Ajmer or Nagaur, circa 1630-50
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Provenance

Private collection
On loan to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1958-2005
Acquired 2006

Catalogue Note

A rare early Rajasthani miniature.  A lord riding a rearing chestnut-color stallion holds a bow and is preparing to lock an arrow.  He wears a long diaphanous white muslin shirt over yellow paijama trousers, with a very finely rendered striped Mughal-style pagri (cap) on his head.  His stylized saddle a brilliant orange shade and a quiver full of arrows behind him.  Against a flat dark green ground.  The inscription above in black ink Devanagari reads "jagadegha pavara" perhaps naming our prince or his attributes.

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. 

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art Including Property from The Cleveland Museum of Art

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New York