RAJA GULAB SINGH
December 31, 1829
Akbar Shah II 1806–1837
Raja Gulab Singh
Color on paper
Overall: 19.8 x 13.8 cm (7 13/16 x 5 7/16 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.1338
Gulab Singh (1792-1857) was a powerful ruler of the Sikhs, members of a monotheistic religion founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539) in the northern Indian region of the Punjab. Often in conflict with the Mughals, they rejected the more naturalistic Mughal portrait styles. Sikh rulers in the Punjab and the neighboring Himalayan foothill region of Jammu adopted the mode of courtly portraiture that was current among the Rajputs, who were rulers of Hindu regions and principalities of northern and western India. The umbrella held over his head is a millennia-old marker of royalty, and beginning in the 1700s, the hookah was an emblem of power among the Rajputs.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy [1877-1947] sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Leach, Linda York. Indian Miniature Paintings and Drawings. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art in cooperation with Indiana University Press, 1986. cat. no. 138
Indian Gallery 242 Rotation – April-November 2017. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 10-November 6, 2017).
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Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.
This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???