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A Raja Smoking a Hookah, 19th century

Unknown (Indian, Rajasthan, Bundi - 19th century)

opaque watercolour on board
34.1 x 30.4 cm
Gift of Max Tanenbaum, Toronto, 1979
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23634r)

This portrait of a Raja of Bundi, a state in northern Punjab, originally included further figures at right, subsequently cut out. The sensitive depiction of the Raja's face is in direct contrast to the conventional treatment of the attendant.

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