Maharana Bhim Singh of Mewar (r. 1778–1828) with a Consort

Maharana Bhim Singh of Mewar (r. 1778–1828) with a Consort

c. 1810

attributed to Chokha

(Indian, 1770-1830)

Gum tempera, silver and gold on paper

Miniature: 24.8 x 15.9 cm (9 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.150

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A European-style armchair in the background is a reminder of British influence at the court.

Description

The consort folds her hands in devotion to the Maharana whose glory is highlighted with a halo behind his head. The Maharana fondly holds the chin of his paramour and appears to be in the process of putting a garland around her neck. One of the most celebrated artists in the history of painting at Mewar, Chokha has nestled the couple in an overabundance of bolsters, their chamber covered with pink flower petals and draped with yellow garlands.

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