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Nazar posthumous portrait of Shri Maharaja Rai Singhji of Bikaner (reigned 1574 - 1612). Bikaner, circa 1800. Gouache and gold on wasli. 30.5 x 21cm

Nazar paintings portraying portraits of previous Bikaner Rhatore rulers demonstrated unwaivering loyalty and respect to a ruler and were usually given by Bikaner artists to a member of the royal family or aristocrat of the court.

With thanks to Shanane Davis for kindly translating the inscription and providing information above.

Ref: Bikaner Rai Singhji 19111

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