Portrait of Hemanidhi (?)

Later Mughal period
early 18th century

Object Place: Northern India


11.7 x 7 cm (4 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ink on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings


Drawings / Watercolors


Inscription in front: In Devanagiri and Persian at top: "Hemanidhi Patha" (Hemanidhi reading). In another hand, Devanagari," Garhke" and the number 19. In miniscule Devanagari on the sutra, an invocation to Ganesh.


About 1910, acquired from Balak Ram Sah of Garhwal, great grandson of Mola Ram, by Ananda Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) [1]; by 1916, purchased in India by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947); 1917, sold by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1917, given by Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA. (Accession date: April 5, 1917)

[1] See Coomaraswamy, Catalogue of the Indian Collections in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1930, Part VI, page 96.

Credit Line

Ross-Coomaraswamy Collection