This portrait depicts a courtier who served the nizam (ruler) of Hyderabad in the early nineteenth century. In a composition that was typical of the period, Chandhu Lal is depicted seated on a carpet, surrounded by cushions, and holding a flower, with his sword lying before him. He wears the thin white cotton coat that was standard attire for aristocrats in India, and an impressive turban ornament, or sarpech, with pendant emeralds, probably a gift from the nizam.
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
sheet: 19 11/16 x 11 13/16 in. (50.0 x 30.0 cm)
image: 8 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. (20.6 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
Inscriptions: "Raja Chandhu La'l" in Persian in gold at top of page
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Gift of Philip P. Weisberg
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Indian. Chandhu La'l, 1875-1900. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper, sheet: 19 11/16 x 11 13/16 in. (50.0 x 30.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Philip P. Weisberg, 59.206.2
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