The Young Maharaja Of Indore In Durbar
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.99
Title
The Young Maharaja of Indore in Durbar
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1850
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Madya Pradesh, Indore
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions
52 x 42 cm (20 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)
Provenance
Ismail Merchant, [Christie's London, 7th October 2009, Lot 134] sold; to [Simon Ray, London, August 2011] sold; to Harvard Art Museums.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.99
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Occupying the center of this painting is a princely youth, identified by Naveen Patnaik as Tukaji Rao Holkar II (1836-86). The young maharaja is seated in durbar on a low, red upholstered throne with scrolling arms and backrest. Richly dressed in jewels and a green garment, he is flanked by ten courtiers, all dressed in white robes seated with legs akimbo. An attendant stands behind the maharaja lofting a floral standard or fan. All twelve figures are rendered in strict profile, but the maharaja is distinguished by a green nimbus ringed in gold. Each courtier has before him a plate holding drinks and "pan", while the maharaja holds a sprig of flowers.

Rendered in imperfect single point perspective, the hall has pink walls that are pierced on one side by horseshoe arches that open to a cloud-filled sky. The floor is checkered in blue and white tiles and the black ceiling is painted in gold foliate patterns. Three grand chandeliers of European design hang from the ceiling and matching sconces are affixed to the walls and pillars. Large mirrors framed in green occupy the back and side walls.
Exhibition History

Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012

Verification Level

2 - Adequate. Object is adequately described but information may not be vetted