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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
2017.127.2
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.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian, Islamic
Period: 
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Doris Wiener, New York, 20 October 1970 (70.051); Sale Sotheby's New York, Important Indian Miniatures from the Paul F. Walter Collection, 14 November 2002, lot 46. Sale Christie's New York Paul Walter Sale 15785 on 9/27/2017 lot 217; sold to the Yale Univerisity Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2017

Bibliography: 

“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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