Portrait of Maharana Karan Singh of Mewar
- Portrait of Maharana Karan Singh of Mewar
Painting of the Mewar ruler Maharana Karan Singh (r. 1620-1628), shown in profile. He is depicted wearing a long tunic (jama) tied to the left, with imperial jewellery, weapons and sash; holding a yellow flower and a sword. Floral border around the edge presently wrapped around wood backing and stapled. Some waterstains and creasing especially to the background. Painted on cotton backed with wood.
- 1800 (circa)
- Painted in: Udaipur
- (Asia,South Asia,India,Rajasthan,Udaipur (Rajasthan))
- Found/Acquired: India
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 196 centimetres
- Width: 142 centimetres
Inscription Transliterationkimat 25 Rupees
Inscription Translationprice 25 rupees
Inscription Translationinventory number 25/16
Inscription Positionbelow image
Inscription TranslationKaran Singh of Mewar (?)
It was painted in Udaipur, the Mewar capital, some fifty years after his death. It is not a true portrait, but evokes his political power.He even holds a flower, just as in portraits of the Mughal emperors.The painting was acquired as being Maharana Amar Singh I of Mewar (r.1597-1620). It was identified through as Maharana Karan Singh (r.1620-28) subsequently.
Not on display
2010 Mar-Jun, London, National Portrait Gallery, 'The Indian Portrait 1560-1860'
Bought at sale Hôtel President, Geneva on 10 December 1990, lot 132.
Painting of Mewar ruler shown in profile holding yellow flower and sword. Floral border around the edge presently wrapped around wood backing and stapled. Some waterstains and creasing especially to the background. Painted on cotton backed with wood.
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Object reference number: RFI2923
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