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Maharana Jagat Singh in his harem - Mewar

September 2, 1730
Marwar Court
Muhammad Shah 1720–1748

Maharana Jagat Singh in his harem - Mewar



Gouache on paper 9.5 x 7.3 in. (24.1 x 18.5 cm.) Paintings of harem or zenana (ladies section) were an integral part of the royal painting collections and were possibly meant for personal viewing. An early eighteenth century portrait of Maharana Jagat Singh surrounded by a number of ladies serving him in the outdoors is remarkable for its unusual composition. Jagat Singh is depicted as a tall and bulky figure with full beard and a golden nimbus. All the petite ladies surrounding him are serving him by either holding his hookah pot, fan, nisan, morchal or are presenting him flowers. All of them are shown standing on a floral carpet and all the bright coloured outfits are juxtaposed with a dull malachite tone of the background. Mughal Library

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