Asian Art

Portrait of Raja Surajmal of Bharatpur (1707–1763)

18th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

image: 7 × 4 1/4 in. (17.78 × 10.8 cm)
framed: 14 × 11 in. (35.56 × 27.94 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
Portraits such as this one were created both as independent paintings and as part of albums recording the clothing and attributes of important courtiers and officials. Raja Surajmal, identified in this image by his characteristic long and short swords, was noted for his political savvy. Largely due to his careful negotiations with the powerful Mughal dynasty, his rule marked the zenith of the independent Hindu kingdom of Bharatpur, based in the northwestern Indian province of Rajasthan.
Indian, Islamic
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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