03.02.2009 to 30.05.2010
The Collection of South, South-East and Central Asian Art contains a significant collection of portrait paintings dating from the time of Mughal rule (1526‒1858). A small, exquisite selection from the rich collection of Indian miniature painting will be on display until September in the Buchkunst-Kabinett. Alongside classic portraits in the Mughal style, visitors will also have the chance to admire Sikh style 'garden portraits' and paintings from Rajasthan and the Dekkhan.
Two portraits particularly stand out: the portrait of a North Indian princess from the 18th century and a rare and unusually large-scale portrait of the Nepalese King Girvana Yuddha Bikram Shah. The former was once part of the estate of Prince Waldemar of Prussia, who was the first member of the German nobility to travel through the Indian subcontinent between 1844 and 1846. In his description of his journey, Waldemar tells how 'the portrait of the young maharajah' fell into his possession.