A lady on a terrace with hookah and falcon

Artist: Attributed to a follower of Har Jaimal (active late 18th century)
Historical period(s)
20th century
Nurpur school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 23.5 × 15.9 cm (9 1/4 × 6 1/4 in) H x W (miniature): 19.1 × 12.1 cm (7 1/2 × 4 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection — funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


falcon, hookah, India, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, woman

To 1969
Kasmin Gallery, London, England. [1]

From 1969 to 2001
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001), Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Kasmin Gallery, London, England. In April 1969. [2]

From 2001 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, by inheritance from Ralph Benkaim in 2001. [3]

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim. [4]


[1] Ralph Benkaim purchased the painting in 1969 from Kasmin Gallery in London, several years before Indian paintings were classified as antiquities by the Indian government, according to his personal records via Catherine Glynn Benkaim.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See note 1.

[4] See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
Catherine Glynn Benkaim
Kasmin Gallery English, 1963-1972


This painting represents a traditional subject: a beautiful woman standing by a tree. Dressed in lavender and with a blandly generic face, she holds a white falcon and a hookah mouthpiece. The flowery tree to her left and the distant landscape are cursorily rendered. The painting is by a follower of Har Jaimal, an artist identified by his landscapes of rolling hills dotted with tiny trees represented by a series of tiny horizontal brush strokes and dotted patches. This work's high-key pastel palette, particularly its atypical teal, suggests that this folio is a 20th-century work based on Har Jaimal's style.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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