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Baba Shri Morarswami reciting from a manuscript

August 31, 1860
Dungarpur Court
Humayun II 1858-1877

Baba Shri Morarswami reciting from a manuscript



Gouache on paper 7.4 x 5.8 in. (18.8 x 14.7 cm.) Front: “Babaji Shri Morarswami” Nothing much is known as yet about Babaji Shri Morarswami and his connection with Dungarpur, but this depiction is expressive for bold lines, bright colours and courtly set up. Elderly Babaji is shown reading from a folio of Ramcharitmanas and styles a Vaishnavite tilak mark, a round cap and rudraksh malas. His background with a palatial room, terrace garden and floral carpet suggests that he must be either visiting a royal dignitary or was a priest in an influential temple or court. Painters from different regions like Mewar used to visit Dungarpur court and artist of this folksy portrait must have seen a number of other courtly counterparts.

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Very good information.


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