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Raja Gaj Singh of Bikaner

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Raja Gaj Singh of Bikaner

Ammad din,

Creation date: 1851
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Watercolor Painting
Medium and Support: Opaque watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Accession Number: 1990.808
State/Province: Rajasthan
Dimensions: 11 17/32 in. x 7 9/32 in. (29.3 cm x 18.5 cm)


Maharaja of Bikaner, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India ( - )

Sotheby's, London, England (December 10, 1974 - December 10, 1974)

Greig, London, England (December 10, 1974 - )

Edwin Binney 3rd, San Diego, California (December 10, 1974 - August 27, 1990)

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

Label Copy

August 2021
Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment
This portrait of Maharaja Gaj Singh of Bikaner (r. 1745–1787), was produced in September 1851 for the ruler Sardar Singh, the great-grandson of Gaj Singh. The artist Ammaddin has depicted the eighteenth-century ruler in the traditional Rajput courtly style for portraiture, adorned with a halo indicating his divine status and portrayed in profile against a background of solid color with two-dimensional patterns. 

Temple, Palace, Mosque: 2010

This posthumous portrait depicts Maharaja Gaj Singh of Bikaner (who reigned 1745–87) in courtly finery with a halo encircling his head. The inscription on the reverse states that it was a presentation picture, called najar, made in September of 1851, the year when Sardar Singh became ruler of Bikaner. It is likely that the artist Ammaddin made this painting on the occasion of Sardar Singh’s thirty-third birthday around the time of his accession to the throne, since his birthday was September 14, and his father had just died that August. Sardar Singh’s great-grandfather, Gaj Singh, who is pictured in this painting, fathered sixty-one children, while Sardar Singh had only one.
Last Updated: 2/2/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Pearls from the Ocean of Contentment , 8/14/2021 - 2/13/2022


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Catalogue of Fine Oriental Miniatures and Manuscripts, Sotheby & Co.. London, England, December 10, 1974
Page Number: 34, Lot no. 122

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