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A Holy Man from Devgarh

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Rajasthan, India, Asia
Possibly made in Kota, Rajasthan, India, Asia

c. 1830

Transparent and opaque watercolor on paper

Sheet: 5 3/4 × 3 9/16 inches (14.6 × 9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Dean Walker, 2006

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The artist has lovingly illustrated all the important features of this Brahmin priest. Every detail-from his tonsured head to the vertical, white marks on his forehead that indicate his allegiance to Vishnu-identifies his calling. He rests his thick, hairy arms on a short staff with carved bird-head handles. His traditional pink-orange wrap accentuates rather than hides the curves of his portly body. The inscription identifies the priest as coming from Devgarh (Deogarh), a small principality west of Kota.