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Portrait of a Vaishnava Mahant with Devotees

1801/1825

Academy of Fine Arts and Literature

Academy of Fine Arts and Literature
New Delhi, India

The burnt portion of the painting, a part of the main Kartar Singh collection which got partially destroyed in a fire, indicates to the Nurpur origin where the rulers were followers of Damthal establishment, a seat of Vaishnava Mahants. This is the portrait of a Mahant of Damthal wearing the colourful gudri and the conical cap representative of the Vaishnava Mahants. He is seated on a carpet against a big bolster in the open terrace. Facing him are the devotees - an old bearded nobleman and a young royal figure who could be the ruler of Nurpur. A very fine painting displaying the Pahari skill of a great master.

Details

  • Title: Portrait of a Vaishnava Mahant with Devotees
  • Date: 1801/1825
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.9x21.1cm
  • Provenance: Pahari School
  • Subject Keywords: Vaishnava
  • Medium: Natural Pigment on Paper

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