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Portrait of Suraj Singh Rathor, Raja of Marwar and Maternal Uncle of Shah Jahan: A Page from the Prince Khurram Album

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Portrait of Suraj Singh Rathor, Raja of Marwar and Maternal Uncle of Shah Jahan: A Page from the Prince Khurram Album

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Portrait of Suraj Singh Rathor, Raja of Marwar and Maternal Uncle of Shah Jahan: A Page from the Prince Khurram Album c. 1600 attributed to Bishandas (Indian, active c. 1610–30) India, Mughal court, early 17th century Opaque watercolor with gold on paper Page: 29.1 x 19 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.313 DESCRIPTION This true-to-life portrait depicts the maternal uncle of the Mughal prince Khurram (1592-1658), who would later become the emperor Shah Jahan. His clothing and accessories-especially the six-pointed wrapped tunic made of prized translucent muslin-reveal his wealth and status. The artist’s skillful brushwork conveys the varied textures of the fabrics and sensitively renders his patient, somewhat weary expression. Prince Khurram selected this painting for inclusion in an album he assembled in 1612. Suraj Singh was a Hindu prince from Marwar, a Rajput kingdom under the auspices of the Mughal empire. His sister, a Marwar princess, was the third wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Intermarriage with Hindu families is one example of the ecumenism of the early Mughal emperors, who adhered to a liberal form of Islam. Suraj Singh died of natural causes while on a military campaign with Prince Khurram in the Deccan in 1619. INSCRIPTION inscribed in hand of Shah Jahan in lower inner border: shabihi Raja Suraj-Singh Rathor CITATIONS Glynn, Catherine Ann. "The Painting Tradition in Jodhpur." In Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Karni Jasol, et al., 136-157. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2018. Reproduced: P. 139, fig. 6.2 EXHIBITION HISTORY "Art of the Indian Subcontinent from Los Angeles Collections," University of California Los Angeles (1968). Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 245); July 2, 2014 - The Cleveland Museum of Art (7/31/2016-10/23/2016); Art and Stories from Mughal India, cat. 32, p. 230.

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