A Monumental Portrait of a Monkey

Square painting on a green ground with a red border with brown and cream monkey with a red string around his neck that is caught on his tail and trails off to the right.
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  • Square painting on a green ground with a red border with brown and cream monkey with a red string around his neck that is caught on his tail and trails off to the right.

Date:

c. 1705–1710

Artist:

India
Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, attributed to the “Stipple Master” (active c. 1692-c. 1715)

About this artwork

Except for depictions of the monkey-god Hanuman, monkeys are rarely the subject of portraits in India. In this monumental portrait, therefore, we are looking not only at an unusual subject matter but also at a study of an extraordinary simian: one with human features complete with a beard, pale eyes, and long, slender hands. The inscription on the back of this work, written in Devanagari, states that the monkey is named Husaini and “comes from” Nawab Davad (or Daud) Khan. This name most likely refers to Daud Khan Panni, a powerful nobleman and a faujdar (a military commander and territorial administrator) who served the Mughal emperors from Aurangzeb (r. 1658–1707) through Farrukhsiyar (r. 1713–19), in various parts of India. The painting has been dated to 1705/10 and is attributed to the anonymous artist now called the Stipple Master. Working in tandem with his patron Maharana Amar Singh II of Mewar (r. 1698–1710), this artist was the initiator of a new painting style in Mewar in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. A group of about forty-six paintings, including the present work, has now been attributed to this artist-patron duo.

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Asian Art

Title

A Monumental Portrait of a Monkey

Origin

India

Date

1700–1715

Medium

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

Dimensions

outermost border: 48.5 × 58.7 cm (19 × 23 in.); Image: 45 × 56 cm (17.7 × 22 in.)

Credit Line

Lacy Armour Fund, James and Marilynn Alsdorf Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2011.248

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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