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Asian Art

Ascetic with a Dog

ca. 1600–1620

Pencil, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

image: 7 × 4 in. (17.78 × 10.16 cm)
matted: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
Beginning in the sixteenth century, it was popular in India and Iran to depict wandering ascetics, both to signal interest in spiritual pursuits and to reflect on the material world around the artist. Typically, these figures were rendered with bodily marks and paraphernalia that revealed their order. Here, the wanderer is shown dressed in a European cloak and holding a fan, and his body is drawn in the style of a European print—undoubtedly owing to the artistic exchange between India and Europe that intensified around the second half of the sixteenth century.
Indian, Islamic
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Purchased from the Christie's New York Paul Walter Sale 15785 lot 217 on 9/27/2017. Earlier 70.051: Doris Wiener, New York, 20 October 1970. Sotheby's New York, Important Indian Miniatures from the Paul F. Walter Collection, 14 November 2002, lot 46.


“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

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