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Study of an Archer
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Study of an Archer

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Description This unfinished work provides a glimpse into the process of making a painting. Artists began by covering the paper with a thin layer of white paint, which created an even surface suitable for detailed work. They then made a preliminary drawing using ink and a fine brush; this is clearly visible where the quiver was meant to be executed. Pigments were obtained from minerals, metals, plant materials, or even insects; artists made them into paints by mixing them with water and gum arabic—a binding medium derived from the sap of the acacia tree. At various stages, the painting was turned face down on a smooth surface and rubbed with a hard tool to achieve a glossy finish.
Date Description Narrative
8/08/2017Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore; given to Walters Art Museum, 2001.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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ca. 1750
opaque watercolor and ink on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 7 15/16 x W: 5 13/16 in. (20.2 x 14.8 cm); Framed H: 20 1/8 × W: 15 3/16 × D: 1 1/4 in. (51.12 × 38.58 × 3.18 cm)
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