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Nazar painting: posthumous portrait of Maharaja Gaj Singh of Bikaner (r. 1746–87). Bikaner, by a Jaipur artist, circa mid-19th century. Gouache and gold on wasli. 21.8 x 15.4cm

Nazar paintings were presented by the painter personally to the maharaja on auspicious occasions such as religious festival days.

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