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A Mounted Marwari Bridegroom and Three Attendants

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Marwar Region, India, Asia

c. 1715-1720

Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver-colored paint on paper

Sheet: 13 × 8 3/4 inches (33 × 22.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004

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The attire of court noblemen and their attendants is often symbolic of family, clan, court, or religion. All four men depicted in this equestrian portrait wear turbans tied in a distinctive shape, identifying them as members of the Marwar court, a North Indian dynasty. Atop the horse sits a dignified nobleman, distinguished from his attendants by his abundant jewels. The long stick of flowers held in his right hand shows that he is a newly married man. He is probably on his way to the house of his wife’s family where, after feasting, the couple will playfully hit at each other with their flower kebabs, a ritual distinct to the region where this painting was made.