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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MAHARANA PRATAP SINGH II PRESENTS GOLD COINS TO RAJ SINGH II
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PROPERTY FROM THE LANIER COLLECTION

MAHARANA PRATAP SINGH II PRESENTS GOLD COINS TO RAJ SINGH II
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印度、喜馬拉雅及東南亞藝術品

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MAHARANA PRATAP SINGH II PRESENTS GOLD COINS TO RAJ SINGH II
Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper
image: 13 1/4 by 7 1/2 in. (33 by 17.8 cm)
India, Mewar, Udaipur, circa 1751-54
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Acquired 1977

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Maharana Pratap Singh II (1724-54) of Mewar stands nimbate (haloed) in a full-length muslin Jama and orange Sisodia pagri (cap) holding a ceremonial sword.  He places gold coins into the two reaching hands of his young son and eventual successor, Raj Singh II (1743-1761).  Both nearly identically dressed with very similar beards.  On a red floral-pattern carpet against a blue wall with gold niches - white marble columns frame the pair at left and right.  Below black and white checker-board pattern steps leading to a predominantly green and red floral carpet at bottom.

This is a very rare, or possibly unique, double-portrait of the two least-often depicted (and shortest-reigned) maharanas since the origin of Mewar portraiture during the Seventeenth Century.  Rana Pratap reigned only for a brief three years before dying at the age of 29 - the throne of Udaipur ascended by Raj Singh II at the youthful age of 10.  In later portraits, after his succession, Raj appears shaven, no longer resembling the beard-style of his father - but his face easily recognizable.  

In two portraits of Raj Singh II riding a horse and an elephant in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (AS168-1980 and AS166-1980) we see the youthful equestrian maharana with his pagri decorated with small white narcissus blossoms as in our present painting. For similar works, see Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. 2004.40, and National Gallery of Victoria, accession no. AS168-1980.

印度、喜馬拉雅及東南亞藝術品

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