Gouache on paper
8.5 x 6.5 in | 21.7 x 16.5 cm
This work will be shipped unframed
Khakas are essentially fine line drawings practised by miniature artists in their process of perfecting an illustration. This exhibition offers a contemporary revival selection of 20 khakas, including ones depicting Raja Balwant Singh who ruled Jammu in mid-18th century AD and enjoyed being portrayed conducting his day-to-day activities, by the artist Nainsukh, his contemporary chronicler. Common images included depicting the raja as a young prince smoking a hookah, seated on an ornate carpet against a bolster, inspecting a construction site, or watching a dance performance. A famous depiction of Raja Balwant Singh portrays him writing a letter, while in a relaxed mood. Such illustrations were striking for their delineation, as Nainsukh excelled in rendering the figures with unbroken, flawless lines.