Prince Mathu Singh of Jatoli on a Blue Horse Riding to Udaipur

Prince Mathu Singh of Jatoli on a Blue Horse Riding to Udaipur

c. 1720

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Page: 27.7 x 23.8 cm (10 7/8 x 9 3/8 in.); Miniature: 21.9 x 18.1 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.164

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The prince has tucked a bottle of perfume in his sash next to the dagger.

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This painting commemorates the nearly 600-kilometer journey of Mathu Singh on horseback from the tiny principality of Jatoli in eastern Rajasthan to Udaipur, capital of the powerful Mewar Kingdom. The young prince wears a white transparent muslin, and his stallion rears on his hind legs, marking the beginning of the ride. A heedful royal servant gently waves a fly-whisk, which indicates the rider’s royal status.

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