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A Rajput Warrior with Camel, Possibly Maru Ragini from a Ragamala

December 31, 1649
Cleveland Art
Shah Jahan 1627–1658

A Rajput Warrior with Camel, Possibly Maru Ragini from a Ragamala



A Rajput Warrior with Camel, Possibly Maru Ragini from a Ragamala 1650-80 Northwestern India, Rajasthan, Rajput Kingdom of Amber or Southwestern India, Deccan Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper Miniature: 26 x 17.6 cm (10 1/4 x 6 15/16 in.) Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.168 DID YOU KNOW? The warrior’s belt is called a kamarband in Persian and is the origin of the English cummerbund. DESCRIPTION A Rajput warrior holding a spear, with piercing dagger (katar) and sword attached to his belt, stands alone with his camel in a landscape. They have arrived at the banks of a stream, verdant in contrast to the intense hot yellow of the ground behind them. The musical mode associated with this painting is based on folk melodies of Rajasthan, where local stories feature a hero with a camel mount. INSCRIPTION mārū rāginī INSCRIPTION TRANSLATION Maru Ragini INSCRIPTION REMARK Verso bears signature of Chugtai EXHIBITION HISTORY Indian Gallery 242 Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (September 10, 2018-April 7, 2019).

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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