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M Ari Singh Performs Puja in Amar Vilas
dated 1765

Sisodia dynasty
Reign of Maharana Ari Singh

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H: 68.0 W: 53.0 cm
Udaipur, Mewar, India

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Life at court was a subject particularly favored by the 18th century rulers of Udaipur. This painting portrays Maharana Ari Singh, seated in the Amar Villas section of the City Palace at Udaipur, attended by his courtiers while he worships an enthroned Linga, an abstract form of the god Shiva. In the courtyard below, with its water tank and formal garden, musicians and dancers perform in praise of the god. The inscription on the reverse of the painting informs us that the painting was the work of the court painter Sive whom we know to have been active also during the reign of Ari Singh's father.

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