Portriat of Maharaja Abhai Singh on horseback - ROM2009_10848_16


Portriat of Maharaja Abhai Singh on horseback

Maker: Unknown artist
Medium:opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Geography: Jodhpur (Marwar), Rajasthan, India, South Asia
Date: c. 1740
33.5 x 25 cm
Object number: 2009.10.16
Credit Line: Charles Green Collection. This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestė par la Commission canadienne d’examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation de biens culturels.
Not on view

Maharaja Abhai Singh was the ruler of the Kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur) from 1724 to 1749. He ruled from Jodhpur and his brother, Bakhat Singh ruled from the nearby town and fort of Nagaur. Both supported flourishing schools of painting where artists achieved higher levels of naturalism. This portrait of Abhai Singh is similar in composition to a celebrated portrait by the Mughal-trained artist Dalchand. Both show the king wearing a distinctively-shaped turban, on horseback in a green landscape with attendants walking alongside, one of whom holds a large circular standard. However, the figures in this large painting fill the space in a manner that compresses them together. Note the sensitive rendering of the horse's face, as well as the strong graphic quality of the horse's fittings and king's ornamentation that is enhanced by a solid black line that outlines each of the figures. In the lower right, there is a mistake in the rendering of spatial detail where the foot of the attendent who stands in front of the horse is depicted behind the horse's back leg.

Inscription in devanagari: (recto) "maharajarajeshriabhaisinghji (Maharaja Shri Abhai Singh); (verso) "maharajaabhesingh //3" (Maharaja Abhai Singh / 3)

South Asia
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