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  • Place of origin:

    Mughal Empire (made)
    Murshidabad (possibly: Murshidabad sub-style, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1765 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted in opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Painting, opaque watercolour on paper, the composition of this painting is crowded with several figures. The central figure, that of a young yogini (female ascetic) who is dressed in a saffron robe, is standing on a tiger skin as her penance. She is using a piece of rope with its ends tied to a tree in the manner of a swing to support herself in order to perform her penance. A yogi (ascetic), seated on a tiger skin and other members of the ashram (hermitage) can be seen on the courtyard. A delegation of courtiers have arrived to visit and pay their respects to the yogini. A member of the group is holding out his hand with an offering. The yogini is possibly from a noble family and connected with the warrior who is carrying the offering.

Place of Origin

Mughal Empire (made)
Murshidabad (possibly: Murshidabad sub-style, made)


ca. 1765 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted in opaque watercolour on paper


Height: 221 mm, Width: 305 mm, Height: 187 mm image within innermost painted borders, Width: 270 mm image within innermost painted borders

Object history note

Purchased from Maggs Brothers Ltd, London W1. Originally from the collection of A. Pendree Charles and sold at Christies on 10/2/50.

Descriptive line

Painting, prince and attendants at ashram, opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal, Murshidabad sub-style, ca. 1765

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

Archer, W.G., Indian Miniatures, text by W.G. Archer and colour plates in collaboration with Madanjeet Singh, London: Studio Books (Longacre Pres Ltd) 1960, pl.52
Arts of Bengal : the heritage of Bangladesh and eastern India : an exhibition organized by the Whitechapel Art Gallery in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum : 9 November-30 December 1979, Whitechapel Art Gallery ..., 12 January-17 February 1980, Manchester City Art Gallery ... . [London]: Whitechapel Art Gallery, [1979] Number: 085488047X (pbk.) :

Production Note

Murshidabad sub-style; Provincial Mughal


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Paint



Subjects depicted

Ascetics; Ashram; Courtiers


Paintings; Religion; Hinduism; Bonita Trust Indian Paintings Cataloguing Project


South & South East Asia Collection

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