Indian and Himalayan Art
Maharana Jagat Singh II of Mewar Holds a Feast for YogisMade in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mewar Region, India, Asia
Attributed to Syaji, India (Western India, Rajasthan)
Opaque watercolor, ink, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-57125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelThis painting depicts a great feast that was hosted by Maharana Jagat Singh II, ruler of Mewar, who is shown at the far right with a halo. This feast was for a group of 130 yogis, venerated devotees of Shiva who lived in a forest monastery and regularly undertook rigorous physical austerities for their spiritual conditioning. The painter clearly took great delight in depicting the assorted bodies and poses of the naked, ash-covered yogis, and he painted many of them from the rear to exhibit their elaborate matted hair.