Painting with a representation of a monarch from the Malla dynasty

Painting with a representation of a monarch from the Malla dynasty

Painting with a representation of a monarch from the Malla dynasty. Princes of the Malla Dynasty consider themselves incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu. That is why they allow themselves to be portrayed with a throne sky consisting of snaking snakes, as is also customary for Vishnu. The portrait of the Malla prince Bhupatendra (1695-1721) below a scroll painting in the National Museum in New Delhi (See P. Pal, The Arts of Nepal Pt. II: Painting, Leiden, 1978, pp. 126-129, no. 151) appears to be a reduced version of this painting. The portrait of this monarch, painted on a wall in the palace of Bhadgaon (Idem, p. 193), is very similar to the present painting. (very damaged condition).

Details

  • Title : Painting with a representation of a monarch from the Malla dynasty
  • Year : 1700 - 1725
  • Classification : Paintings
  • Medium : Cloth
  • Dimension : h 79 cm × w 58 cm
  • Accession No : Item number: AK-MAK-1531
  • Country/ Geo-location : Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Museum : Rijksmuseum
  • Credit Line : On loan from the Association of Friends of Asian Art (bequest Maartje Draak, 1996)
  • Acquisition Method : 1996 loan
  • Origin : ..; sale, Amsterdam (Christie's), 23 October 1991, no. 69; {Note RMA.} ...; bequeathed by Prof Dr Amalia Maartje Elisabeth Draak (1907-1995), Amsterdam, to the Association of Friends of Asian Art, 1995; {Note RMA.} from whom on loan to the museum, 1996