Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

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Object of the Month - December 2019


Thakur Padam Singh of Ghanerao in durbar

Thikana Ghanerao, Marwar region

V S 1782 / 1725 CE

Artist: Chajju


The artistic patronage in the 18th century spilled over to the local chiefdoms (thikana) administering under the Rajput allies of the Mughal rulers. This painting from thikana Ghanerao follows the contemporary Marwar tradition of court scene set against bold flat mono colour background. Thakur Padam Singh is seen here conducting court proceedings, attended by his noblemen and attentively recorded by his scribes. The painting bears an inscription at the back ascribing it to an artist named Chajju.