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Portrait of a Seated Shaivite Holy Man with Prayer Beads

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Facing right is a holy man seated cross-legged. He wear a large red turban and a white robe (jama). He has a dark, full beard. In his right hand he holds up prayer beads. The yellow marks on his forehead are known as tilaka. They can be worn on a daily basis by holy men or for religious rites and occasions. The three horizontal marks here indicate that this figure is a Shaivite, someone who venerates the Hindu god Shiva as the supreme deity. Rajput Style.
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art Stuart Cary Welch (by 1973 - 2008 ) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009 ) gift; to Harvard Art Museum. Notes: Object was part of temporary loan to Museum in 1973. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum The Stuart Cary Welch Collection Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Title: Portrait of a Seated Shaivite Holy Man with Prayer Beads
Description:
Facing right is a holy man seated cross-legged.
He wear a large red turban and a white robe (jama).
He has a dark, full beard.
In his right hand he holds up prayer beads.
The yellow marks on his forehead are known as tilaka.
They can be worn on a daily basis by holy men or for religious rites and occasions.
The three horizontal marks here indicate that this figure is a Shaivite, someone who venerates the Hindu god Shiva as the supreme deity.
Rajput Style.

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