Indian and Himalayan Art
Maharao Ram Singh II of KotaMade in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Transparent and opaque watercolor and ink on paper
2004-149-67125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelThe headdress worn by the ruler Ram Singh II of Kota in this portrait is one that the maharao designed for himself. Ram Singh II was an obsessive chronicler and had different aspects of his reign memorialized in paintings. Here, his distinctive snub-nosed face and his trademark turban are preserved in a preparatory sketch that might have been used as a model for a wall painting. This type of head-and-shoulders portrait is unusual in paintings of Ram Singh II. He is depicted more often as the hero of historic events that spotlighted his daring and agility.
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