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Harjeevan Das Jetha Shah Philanthropist from Surat

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December 31, 1858
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Nathdwara
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Humayun II 1858-1877

Harjeevan Das Jetha Shah Philanthropist from Surat

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Gouache on paper 23.6 x 15.7 in. (59.9 x 39.9 cm.) Front: “Harjeevan Das Jetha Sahaa” Harjeevan Das Jetha Shah, son of Jetha Shah Sitwala, was a resident of Ahmedabad and traded in silk and zari. They were suppliers to royal families and also exported internationally. In eighteenth century, the family shifted to Surat and established their own mills for the production of silk and zari (company was named after Harjeevan Jetha Shah) which led to the initiation of a family and subsequently a community entrepreneurship. These people were of religious nature and constructed a temple of their family Guru ‘Govindji Guru Bapujibawa’ in Surat. This portrait is done in a predominant mixture of Mewar and Nathdwara style and Harjeevan must have commissioned it during one of his business tours. His fine costume with golden border and setup on a balcony with a small golden paan-daan and a peek-daan placed on either sides of him reflects his high taste.


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