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Maharaja Suraj Mal with a hawk

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  • Description

    Suraj Mal (r.1613-1618) was an early Nurpur ruler who died in exile after rebelling against the emperor Jahangir. In this posthumous portrait of the jharoka window type, the veteran warrior strokes the breast of his prize hawk. Pahari rulers were often portrayed with a hawk or falcon, as a mark of their hunting prowess and regal demeanour.

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    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaPunjab HillsHimachal Pradesh Nurpur (place of creation)
    1730 - 1740
    Associated people
    Suraj Mal, Maharaja of Nurpur (ruled 1613 - 1618) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 31.8 x 26 x 2.1 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 20 x 14 cm (height x width)
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    Credit line
    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 64 on p. 152, p. 154, illus. p. 153

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