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Princely women visit a holy man
Place of Origin: India, Probably Lucknow or Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh state
Date: approx. 1720-1730
Historical Period: Mughal period (1526-1858)
Materials: Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Dimensions: H. 9 1/4 in x W. 5 7/8 in, H. 23.5 cm x W. 15.0 cm (image); H. 18 1/2 in x W. 13 3/8 in, H. 47.0 cm x W. 34.0 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, Frederic Witman Fund
Department: South Asian Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: 2016.126
On Display: No

Description

Label: A group of women visit a venerable yogi, sensitively depicted here as an old man engaged in deep meditation with his eyes closed. He is identifiable as a mahant (abbot) by his long jata (dreadlocks) that wrap around his knees and the tiger skin he sits on. These are markers of his renunciation, seniority, and high status. The yogi’s quiet figure becomes the painting’s main subject, which is reinforced by the fly-whisk bearer, the group of women, and other yogis who respectfully stand nearby.

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Inscriptions: In Persian, above the painting: tasvir-i darvish sannyasi (“Picture of darvish sannyasi”)
Label: A group of women visit a venerable yogi, sensitively depicted here as an old man engaged in deep meditation with his eyes closed. He is identifiable as a mahant (abbot) by his long jata (dreadlocks) that wrap around his knees and the tiger skin he sits on. These are markers of his renunciation, seniority, and high status. The yogi’s quiet figure becomes the painting’s main subject, which is reinforced by the fly-whisk bearer, the group of women, and other yogis who respectfully stand nearby.
Inscriptions: In Persian, above the painting: tasvir-i darvish sannyasi (“Picture of darvish sannyasi”)