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MAHARAJA MAN SINGH ACCEPTS A CUP FROM HIS CONSORT
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CANADIAN COLLECTION

MAHARAJA MAN SINGH ACCEPTS A CUP FROM HIS CONSORT
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 USD
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MAHARAJA MAN SINGH ACCEPTS A CUP FROM HIS CONSORT
Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur (r.1803-1843) sits on a green and gold carpet, on a marbled terrace, in front of a small hexagonal-roofed pavilion overlooking the river.  His consort seated beside him demurely holding her veil.  A handmaiden offers a small cup containing an intoxicating liquor poured from a golden flask.
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 14 1/8 by 9 3/4 in., 35.9 by 24.8 cm
folio: 15 1/8 by 11 in., 38.4 by 28 cm
INDIA, JODHPUR, CIRCA 1830
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Catalogue Note

Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur (r.1803-1843) sits on a green and gold carpet, on a marbled terrace, in front of a small hexagonal-roofed pavilion overlooking the river.  His consort seated beside him demurely holding her veil.  A handmaiden offers a small cup containing an intoxicating liquor poured from a golden flask.

Maidens stand holding gold vessels and flasks, one holding a chowrie (flywhisk) and another a round black shield.  Two horses and a royal elephant wait below.  In the middle distance a silver river with boats and swans.  In the farther distance a rishi (holy man) meditates by a small Vaishnavite temple as troops ceremoniously perform a bull sacrifice.

In the present work the black ink devanagari inscription - added by a later hand - does mention "Ajit Singh."   Nonetheless the Maharaja in our painting clearly appears to be Man Singh. Marwar paintings from this period do strongly cast their subjects as idealized portrait types - often making identification of specific individuals complicated. 

For a discussion of Jodhpur painting during the reign of Raja Man Singh refer to Rosemary Crill, Marwar Painting: A History of Jodhpur Style, Bombay, 1999, pp. 145-151.

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