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Maharaja Bhupat Pal smoking a hookah

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  • Description

    Maharaja Bhupat Pal (r.1598-1635), the founder of Basohli, spent much of his career at the Mughal court, like other Rajput rulers of the time. Eventually he was murdered there in 1635 by a rival Hill Raja. He is said to have been a man of mighty physique, and in this powerful posthumous portrait he looms over the half-sized figure of his hookah-bearer.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndianorth-west IndiaJammu and Kashmir Mankot (place of creation)
    c. 1685
    Associated people
    Bhupat Pal, Maharaja of Basohli (ruled 1598 - 1635) (subject)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold and silver on paper
    frame 32.4 x 37.1 x 1.8 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 21 x 26.5 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 62 on p. 148, pp. 18 & 146, illus. p. 149

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