Equestrian Portrait of a Nobleman

Using bold fields of color, this Marwari artist focuses on the primary figure, giving him great presence. The shield and spear emphasize the nobleman’s status on the battlefield and, correspondingly, at court. The accomplished depiction of the rider’s face in profile and his subtly rendered costume affirm links to the Mughal painting tradition in the Jodhpur court during this period under the artist Dalchand.

Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper


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