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  • Place of origin:

    Kulu (possibly, made)
    Bilaspur (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, in opaque watercolour on paper, a royal figure resting on a rug leaning against a cushion. An attendant fans him from behind with peacock feathers. Three other players sit around a red chaupar board with pieces with one of the players moving a game piece. Chaupar is a game similiar to Pachisi, where the pieces race around a board towards a destination at its center.

Place of Origin

Kulu (possibly, made)
Bilaspur (possibly, made)


ca. 1715 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 221 mm maximum, Width: 285 mm maximum, Height: 198 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 263 mm image within innermost painted borders, Height: 226 mm paper onto which object mounted, Width: 293 mm paper onto which object mounted maximum

Object history note

IS. 90 to 128-1954 were purchased for £150, from Maggs Bros. Originally in the stock of Abdullah&Sons of Hathipole, Udaipur, and earlier in the family collection of Thakur Iswari Singh of Bilaspur, Sirmoor, now a resident of Udaipur. Iswari Singh's great-grandfather Raja Kharakh Chand was ruler of Bilaspur (1824-39). The picture was among those which fell to Iswari Singh's branch of the family on the division of the collection.

Descriptive line

Painting, nobles playing chaupar, opaque watercolour on paper, Kulu or Bilaspur, ca. 1715

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

Archer, W.G. 'Indian Paintings from the Punjab Hills'. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1973. p338.


Opaque watercolour; Paint; Paper


Painting; Painted

Subjects depicted

Ruler; Servants; Game; Leisure; Cushions


Paintings; Royalty; Games; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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