Elegance is the prime element of the portrayed figure. A simple but elegantly worn turban, neatly and elegantly embroidered shawl decently worn on the shoulder, finely plated loose sky-greyish robe and as elegant a sash knitted beautifully in a mix of magenta-blue floral patterns lying on his right thigh define his princely status and high birth. The casually held sword, a symbol of a person's status, and it's simple leather case mounted with gold foil and thread speak only of his unassuming simplicity. Save two rings on his two fingers he has no jewels or ornaments. This unassuming simplicity better characterizes his status and noble birth than could any silk, jewels, crowns, thrones, or any assumption of high birth. There is in his eyes a dream and concern combined. They mirror in them his intrinsic being. He has a dreamy face which is both thoughtful and robust. The saffron defines his Hindu links, the sword Rajput and his elegance and comely feminine figure his high birth and princely status. In every sense of the term it is a real masterpiece of portraitural art.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.
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