A Mounted Marwari Bridegroom and Three Attendants, from Marwar region, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
(image added 2009)
Atop the horse sits a dignified nobleman in a type of formal equestrian portrait that is quite common in Indian painting. But this is not a generic representation, for the rider holds a long stick of flowers to show that he is a newly married man. He is probably on his way to the house of his wife's family where, after feasting, the couple will playfully hit at each other with their flower kebabs.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Period: 18th century
Medium: Opaque watercolor, gold leaf and silver-colored pigment on paper
Size: 32.5 x 22.4 cm
Subject: genre - home and family
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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