Bakhat Singh Holding a Pink Rose, from Jodhpur, Rajasthan
(image added 2009)
Rajasthani rulers were often depicted in large-scale, head-and-shoulders portraits, a format adopted from Mughal painting. However, the Rajput artists eliminated shading and emphasized outline and pattern to produce a more ideal and schematic portrayal. Only a few important individual traits were retained so the king could still be recognized. Here, the artist has carefully depicted Bakhat Singh's uncommonly heavy mustache and flat, Marwar-style turban.
Artform: PAINTING AND DRAWING, Pre-20th Century
Period: 18th century
Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink and gold leaf on paper
Size: 35.6 x 29.8 cm
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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