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Maharaja Dhiraj Singh watches a nautch

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  • Description

    His duties for the day over, Dhiraj Singh enjoys a nautch or dance performance on a palace terrace. The dark-skinned nautch girl half-kneels in a kathak dance pose, her hands raised with thumb and finger joined in an expressive gesture. Verging into the picture border, her companion with cymbals and a pakhavaj drummer beat out the rapid rhythms of the dance.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiacentral India Raghugarh (place of creation)
    c. 1700
    Associated people
    Dhiraj Singh, Maharaja of Raghogarh (ruled 1697 - 1726) (subject)
    probably Dhiraj Singh, Maharaja of Raghogarh (ruled 1697 - 1726) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 37.9 x 30 cm (height x width)
    painting 27 x 19.5 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. 95 on p. 224, pp. 20 & 222, illus. p. 225

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