The poet Sundar Das before Emperor Shah Jahan, folio from a Sundar Shringar

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Maker(s)
Artist: Attributed to Nainsukh (Guler, India, active ca. 1710 - 1778)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1750-1760
School
Guler school
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 14.7 × 23.6 cm (5 13/16 × 9 5/16 in)
Geography
India, Himachal Pradesh state, Guler
Credit Line
Purchase from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection
Accession Number
F2017.13.4
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Watercolor

Keywords
India, poet, portrait, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, ruler
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Raja of Mandi
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim

Inscription(s)

Written on recto:

Four lines of devanagari script: a verse of Sundar

In another hand in devanagari script: Sri Badshah [the esteemed emperor] ordered [Sundar] to make [compose] the Sundar Shringar. On getting the emperor’s order, [the poet] obtained the blessings of Sri Vishnu and Saraswati and returned to his home.

A purple stamped cartouche (the Mandi inventory stamp) with handwritten number 268.
The numbers 4 and 44 in black ink in different hands.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum