RajaTedhi Singh of Mankot smoking a hookah

Artist: Attributed to the Master of the Court of Mankot (active early 18th century)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1700-1730
Mankot school
Opaque watercolor and gold and tin on paper
H x W (overall): 21.3 × 29.8 cm (8 3/8 × 11 3/4 in)
India, Uttarakhand state, Mankot
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


courtier, hookah, India, portrait, Ralph and Catherine Benkaim collection, smoking

To 2003
Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, New York [1]

From 2003 to 2018
Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California, purchased from Terence McInerney in New York City in March 2003

From 2018
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, partial gift and purchase from Catherine Glynn Benkaim [2]


[1] According to information from Catherine Glynn Benkaim.

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

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Terence McInerney Fine Arts, Ltd.
Catherine Glynn Benkaim


Across Pahari courts, this composition for seated portraits of hooka-smoking rulers was common. The lower third of the painting is entirely covered with a vertically striped dhurrie. The ruler sits on a smaller carpet that extends to lower edge of painting. The background is an intense peori yellow, while the textiles are patterned.

Published References
  • The International Asian Art Fair. London, 2003. front cover.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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