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Maharaja Sansar Chand receives some visitors

Purkhu, Indian, b. 18th century

Creation date: ca. 1810
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.1274
State/Province: Himachal Pradesh
Dimensions: 14 1/16 in. x 19 3/32 in. (35.7 cm x 48.5 cm)

Provenance

Greater India Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts ( - February 9, 1976)

Rajah Dhrub Dev Chand, Lambagraon, Himachal Pradesh, India? ( - )

Doris Wiener Gallery, New York, New York ( - )

Jeffrey Paley, New York, New York ( - )

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (February 9, 1976 - August 27, 1990)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 27, 1990 - )

Label Copy

Power & Desire, 04/00

Sansar Chand, ruler of the hill state of Kangra, celebrates the birth festival of Krishna in a special darbar. In the
pavilion at upper right, an idol of the newborn Krishna has been placed on a flower-decked swing.

The king himself sits at the head of the party on the right, wearing a bright orange turban and smoking a huqqa. Two other men in this group have huqqa privileges: they are probably his younger brothers Fateh Chand and Man Chand. Smoking in the presence of the soverign was
strictly regulated.

The men who face Sansar Chand can be identified as group of Muslim nobles. Muslims generally wore their shirts fastened on the right, while Hindus wore similar shirts, but with fastenings on the left.

The undersized servants and dancing girls in the
foreground are typical of the artist Purkhu, to whom this painting is attributed.
Last Updated: 9/5/2017

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Indian Miniatures: From the Jeffrey Paley Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 8/6/1974 - 9/30/1974

Power & Desire: South Asian Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art , 4/29/2000 - 10/5/2003

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Power and Desire: Hong Kong Museum of Art. 2001
Page Number: Cat. no. 6, Figure Number: 6

Indian Miniatures: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, New York, 1974
Page Number: Cat. no. 42

Dr. Caron Smith. Pouvoir et Désir: Miniatures Indiennes, Collection Edwin Binney 3rd du San Diego Museum of Art Paris musées/Éditions Findakly. Paris/Suilly-la-Tour, France, 2002
Page Number: 5, Figure Number: 6 (detail)

Amina Okada. Pouvoir et Désir: Miniatures Indiennes, Collection Edwin Binney 3rd du San Diego Museum of Art Paris musées/Éditions Findakly. Paris/Suilly-la-Tour, France, 2002
Page Number: 40-41, Figure Number: 6


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