Mar 24, 2014

Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra and Courtiers

Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra and Courtiers

c. 1783

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Overall: 24.2 x 21.6 cm (9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)

Gift of Clara Taplin Rankin 1986.63

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This painting once belonged to Cleveland attorney George P. Bickford, who endowed positions at the CMA and Harvard.

Description

Ruler of the western Himalayan kingdom of Kangra from 1775 to 1823, Sansar Chand (1765–1823) is seated on a red dais. As a youth at around 18 years of age, he still has not grown a beard, and his distinctive curly bushy hair is visible beneath his pink turban. This portrait may commemorate the Mughals relinquishing control of Kangra in 1783.

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