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Raja Karan Singh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Bikaner (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Sir William Rothenstein.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, depicting Raja Karan Singh. The Raja faces to the left. He is dressed in a jama of gold diapered with a flower motif. Round his neck is a pearl necklace and a white garland. He wears a jewelled belt from which is slung a sword in a crimson scabbard, and holds a lotus-flower in his right hand. The sword is of a Deccani type. His turban and slippers are of gold brocade, his trousers - white with crimson and green stripes. The background is turquoise and isolated clumps of flowering plants grow on the ground.

Place of Origin

Bikaner (made)


ca. 1660 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

dealer's mark in red ink


Height: 255 mm, Width: 167 mm, Height: 174 mm image inside innermost painted border, Width: 108 mm image inside innermost painted border

Object history note

Given by the family of the late Sir William Rothenstein.

Descriptive line

Painting, Raja Karan Singh, opaque watercolour on paper, Bikaner, ca. 1660

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Basil Gray, "Catalogue of Indian Miniatures from the collection of H.H. the Maharajah of Bikaner, 1949) - No 12, p. 10, a study of the same ruler at about the same age (photo filed).
H. Goetz, "Art and Architecture of Bikaner State, 1950" pp 104-106 discussing other works of the Karen Singh period.


Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint



Subjects depicted

Ruler; Plants; Sword


Paintings; Royalty; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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