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Maharana Ari Singh raises his sword. Mewar, dated samvat 1818 (1761 AD). Opaque watercolour with silver and gold on wasli. 27.4 x 19.7cm
During sword practise the maharana raises his sword ready to swipe down and, when nearing the floor in a horizontal motion the flexible blade will slice the orange there in half, a demonstration of prowess.
By Khaju, a listed artist in the employ of the Mewar royal court.
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Above: silver and gilt detail reflecting light
Images and text © Peter Blohm