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Raja Ajmat Dev

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Mankot (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1730 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.23-1974

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case Q1

Physical description

Painting in opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Raja Ajmat Dev of Mankot (ruled ca. 1730-1760) smoking a huqqa, seated and leaning against a bolster, against a bright yellow background. He wears dark green costume and sits on a white terrace leaning on a cushion with a talwar and spittoon now at hand.

Place of Origin

Mankot (made)

Date

ca. 1730 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 277 mm maximum, Width: 198 mm maximum, Height: 229 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 161 mm image within innermost painted borders

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Major General G. McAndrew, Superintendent of Chamba, 1872-1874. The composition is derived from the same source as a painting in the Chandigarh Museum, but the figure of a morchhal bearer is omitted.

Descriptive line

Painting, Raja Ajmat Dev of Mankot smoking huqqa, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mankot, ca. 1730

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

Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.144/5, pl.124.
Cat. no 61, p. 216
Stronge, S. "The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms", V&A, 1999
p. 41, cat. no. 34.
Topsfield, Andrew, An introduction to Indian Court Painting, H.M.S.O., London, 1984, 0112903835
p. 378, cat. no. 33
Indian paintings from the Punjab Hills : a survey and history of Pahari miniature painting / by W. G. Archer ; foreword by Sherman E. Lee. London :Delhi: Sotheby Parke Bernet ;Oxford University Press, 1973 Number: 0856670022
p. 126, cat. no. 110
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.

Labels and date

RAJA AJMAT DEV OF MANKOT SMOKING A HUQQA
Opaque watercolour on paper
Mankot, Punjab Hills
c. 1730
IS.23-1974
Formerly in the collection of
Dr W.B. Manley
Pahari (‘Hill’) paintings were made for the many local courts of the Punjab Hills from the 16th to the 19th century. They exhibit a wide range of styles, including early 18th-century examples such as this, where the emphasis is on vigorous shapes and bold colours. Comparisons with other portraits meant the subject of this painting could be identified as Raja Ajmat Dev of Mankot, who ruled from about 1730 to 1760. [01/08/2017]
RAJA AJMAT DEV OF MANKOT SMOKING A HUQQA
Gouache on paper
Mankot, Punjab Hills
c.1730

IS.23-1974
Formerly in the collection of Dr W.B. Manley
[27/11/1990]

Production Note

Punjab Hills

Materials

Opaque watercolour; Paper; Paint; Gold

Techniques

Painted

Subjects depicted

Ruler; Terrace; Hookah

Categories

Paintings; Portraits; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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