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Caption: Portrait of Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra Northern India (Punjab Hills, Kangra), ca. 1800-1810 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. (22.2 x 18.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, 36.243

Label: Typical Indian portrait paintings show the subject standing in profile, usually holding an emblematic object. In the Punjab Hills, a mountainous area between Delhi and the Western Himalayas, artists altered the format somewhat by depicting their rulers seated, in more casual situations, usually smoking a huqqa. Usually these rulers sit on carpets on the floor, but here Sansar Chand, the raja of Kangra (reigned 1775–1823) and a great patron of Indian painting, sits on a seat with a tiny footstool. He is addressed by one of his ministers while a servant uses a yak-tail fly whisk to shoo away insects. This slightly abraded work was one of the first Indian paintings to enter the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, as a gift from an important scholar and collector who introduced Kangra-style paintings to the West.

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