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Rajput Sculpture and Painting under Raja Umed Singh of Chamba

Title:Rajput Sculpture and Painting under Raja Umed Singh of Chamba
Author:Goetz, Hermann
Enumeration:Vol. 7 Issue no. 4; September 1954, p. 23-34
Abstract:The palaces and temples of Umed Singh shed light on the sculptural and pictorial style of his reign (1748-64). The Rang Mahal and Jajnagar palace reveal Mughal architecture embellished with decorative paintings. The Khanchandi palace contains murals in the Mughal taste, some later renewed in Kangra and Sikh styles. The Brahmor Kothi (probably erected around 1762) has reliefs on a door and beneath balconies representing, inter alia, Rajput nobles, a raja, and an Afghan prince. The Chamunda temple of Devi-ri-Kothi displays a makara head, a frieze of the Navagraha, bas-reliefs, Mughal cusped arches, carvings, and wall paintings. Stylistically, the reliefs and murals represent a transition between the older Basohli-Rajput tradition and Mughal influence. The miniature paintings include a portrait of Umed Singh, sets of the Bhagavata Purana and the Ramayana. With Umed Singh's death, Chamba art merged into the broader stream of "Kangra" art.

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