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Maharao Chattar Sal (reigned 1758–64) of Kota in a Palanquin

Maharao Chattar Sal (reigned 1758–64) of Kota in a Palanquin

c. 1760
Overall: 28.3 x 39.2 cm (11 1/8 x 15 7/16 in.); with borders: 31.6 x 42.7 cm (12 7/16 x 16 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Quivers of arrows are tied to the front corners of the palanquin.

Description

The king sits in his litter with a sun and moon disk behind his head, emphasizing the light of divine sanction for his rule. His power and grandeur seem to inspire his attendants to stride with effortless enthusiasm. Symbols of royalty abound in his retinue: cavaliers on horseback, spear bearers, soldiers with swords and daggers, attendants with peacock-feather fans, and archers carrying bows draped in red and quivers full of arrows.

The small kingdom of Kota achieved independence in 1624, and its rulers, called rao (king) or maharao (great king) in the local dialect of Rajasthani, supported an atelier of artists at their court. Kota artists were known for dynamic and idealized portrayals of their rulers engaged in activities that emphasized the king’s supreme status.
  • B. R. Sharma, New Delhi, 1969
    Severance and Greta Millikin, Cleveland.
    (B. R. Sharma, New Delhi, 1969); Severance and Greta Millikin, Cleveland.
  • Indian Gallery 242 Rotation – April-November 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (April 2-November 18, 2018).
    The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 5-September 2, 1990).
    1990 - Cleveland Museum of Art, The Severance and Greta Millikin Collection, July 5 - September 2, 1990, cat. no. 165.
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