Indian and Himalayan Art
Maharao Bhim Singh of Kota Attending Krishna as BrijnathjiMade in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia
Attributed to the Kota Master
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Currently not on view
1997-25-1Gift of Stuart Cary Welch, Jr. in memory of William P. Wood, 1997
LabelKrishna appears here as Brijnathji, sitting on a low throne and wearing the jeweled regalia and halo of a ruler. Behind him, also dressed and haloed as a king and yet holding a peacock fan in the posture of a servant or devotee, stands the human ruler of Kota, Maharao Bhim Singh (ruled 1707-20). Bhim Singh was a powerful king whose favor by the Mughal emperor and conquests of neighboring states transformed the city of Kota into a significant regional power. He was also the first ruler to receive the gold statue of Brijnathji, which from then on designated its owner as the legitimate ruler of Kota.