Sunday, September 29, 2019



Portrait of Raja Ram Singh  from Jammu in Harvard University  Art Museum,

A painting in Harvard  University Art Museum (   in fact Harvard University Art  Museum is a group of three museums namely; Fogg Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, and Busch Reisinger Museum  ) Massachusetts, Boston.

This painting has been gifted to Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch ( There are three Museums in Harvard ) Massachusetts, Boston. The medium of this painting is  Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Its dimensions  are 33 x 27.6 cm (13 x 10 7/8 in.) and there is an inscription in English script: Ram Singh of Jammu / ( Accession No  2009.202.216)

Details of  the painting

“A young Raja Ram Singh (b. 1861-1899) is depicted at the center of the image. He wears a red and gold turban with a large plume and an elaborate turban ornament (sarpech) that is studded with emeralds, rubies, and pearls. Three large emeralds with pearls hang from the end of the ornament onto the top of his forehead. The prince wears large gold hoop earrings with two pearls flanking a large emerald. Around his neck he wears a collar of multiple strands of pearls with teardrop emeralds hanging from it, as well as two longer pearl necklaces with emerald and pearl-studded pendants. Raja Ram Sing wears a dark red robe with gold trim. He carries a sword (talwar) inside a green scabbard in the crook of his left arm. His gray eyes intensely gaze downward. Behind the young prince is another young male figure. He wears a red turban, two earrings, which includes same large hoop that Raja Ram Singh is wearing, and a pendant studded with an emerald. He also wears a red robe (jama). Based on his jewelry and clothing, he is of noble or royal status. Both figures stand on a terrace.  Raja Ram Singh was the second son of Maharaja Ranbir Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. He later became the commander-in-chief of the state forces. ”

( Avtar Mota )

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