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Yogi of the Mountains

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Delhi, India, Asia
or Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, Asia

c. 1600-1610

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Image: 8 1/16 × 4 13/16 inches (20.5 × 12.2 cm) Sheet: 10 1/4 × 6 15/16 inches (26 × 17.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1986

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Three Hindu holy men inhabit this mountain landscape but their accoutrements suggest their different circumstances. One, dressed in a cloak and a turban, roams the landscape with a begging bowl in his hand and a dog by his side. He lives in an earthly environment, as suggested by the man-made fountain and water tanks. In contrast, a second holy man and his disciple sit in a shrine delicately balanced atop the rugged mountain landscape. Their remote setting, sparse clothing, and rosaries intimate their renouncement of earthly possessions and further distance them from the world below.