Identification and Creation
Object Number
The Young Maharaja of Indore in Durbar
Work Type
c. 1850
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Madhya Pradesh, Indore
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
52 x 42 cm (20 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)
Ismail Merchant, [Christie's London, 7th October 2009, Lot 134] sold; to [Simon Ray, London, August 2011] sold; to Harvard Art Museums.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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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

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