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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