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Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 23.5 × 19 cm (9 1/4 × 7 1/2 in)
Marwar, Rajasthan state, India
ca. 1625-1630
Marwar school
Surrounded by four trees and six peacocks, a lady, wearing an orange jama, stands beside a lotus filled pond. She holds two flower staffs.
Recto: (top in yellow panel), in devnagari : Raga Gau Ragini
Verso: (top left) devanagari numerals 120; Underneath is another notation which cannot be deciphered, perhaps MO 221?
(top right) devanagari ?
(top right) devanagari ?
To 1947
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) [1]
From 1947 to 1974
Rama Coomaraswamy (1929-2006), Greenwich, Connecticut, by gift or inheritance after his father, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy’s death in 1947 [2]
From 1974 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Rama Coomaraswamy, Greenwich, Connecticut [3]
From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001
From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim
[1] Rama Coomaraswamy was the son of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, an important figure in the field of Indian and Sri Lankan art history. Coomaraswamy was largely responsible for providing the conceptual structures through which South Asian art became studied and valued in India and in the west. Because A.K. Coomaraswamy spent the second half of his life in the U.S., it is highly unlikely that any art from his personal collection would have a contested provenance.
[2] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.
[3] See note 2.
National Museum of Asian Art Collection
Previous custodian or owner:
Ralph and Catherine Benkaim
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947)
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Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the National Museum of Asian Art
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery