A Sikh Guru and a Prince in Conversation
- India: Himachal Pradesh, Guler Workshop
- 1800 - 1825
- Opaque watercolor on paper
- image: 8-5/8 x 6-3/8 in. (21.9 x 16.2 cm); sheet: 11-1/2 x 9 in. (29.2 x 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Museum
At first glance, one might presume that the prominent figure on the right of this painting is the prince, and the smaller figure the Sikh guru. The opposite is true. Sikh teachers, admired for both their religious and military abilities, were portrayed in art as princely soldiers. The guru sits on a beautiful floral carpet, and he holds a bow and arrow as well as a sword. His servant fans him from behind while holding his buckler.
By contrast, the prince is seated without the traditional trappings of a royal figure. His elite status is conveyed by his rich textiles and jewelry.
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