Worship of Shri Nathji

Historical period(s)
ca. 1700
Bikaner school
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
H x W (overall): 18.8 × 26.7 cm (7 3/8 × 10 1/2 in)
India, Rajasthan state, Bikaner
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


Brahma, Gopi, India, Indra, Parvati, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, Saraswati, Shiva, Shri Nathji, Surya, temple, Vishnu

Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan, Udaipur, India [1]

To 1986
Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld (1924-2005) San Francisco, California [2]

From 1986 to 2018
Ralph Benkaim (1914-2001) and Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld, San Francisco, California in 1986 [3]

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


[1] The stamp on the verso of the painting reads: “Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan, Udaipur [inventory no.] T27/209.” The stamp indicates that the painting was in the collection of the shop, Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan in Udaipur, India. It is unclear if William K. Ehrenfeld purchased it directly from Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan or whether he acquired it from another dealer or collector.

[2] See note 1. It is possible William Ehrenfeld purchased this painting as early as 1975, which is the year he began collecting.

[3] Ralph and Catherine Benkaim purchased this painting from William K. Ehrenfeld in 1986.

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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Shanti Sharma Vidhya Bhavan
Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
Dr. William K. Ehrenfeld 1935-2005
Catherine Glynn Benkaim

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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