Mewar, an important unit of Rajasthan, is known to be the pioneer of all
sub-schools of Rajasthani miniature art. It is also known best for its great
patriotic confrontation with Akbar's authority. Maharana Pratap is the
subject of many a folklore. His deeds of exceptional courage and bravery are
very popular. He rebelled against Akbar's authoritative rule and provoked
many others to rise against the Mughals. During his lifetime, he did not
surrender and died a soldier's death.
The best loved figure of Rajasthani folklore is depicted here in profile in this
tiny miniature. Maharana Pratap is seen in full battle gear - the heavy
metal armour covering his head, neck and torso. He holds a spear in his
hand. The braveheart has an oval face with a prominent nose, large eyes and
a short neck. His impressive moustache is a symbol of masochism. The artist
in his effort to make it look simple and serene has turned it into a static
and austere portrait.
This description by Renu Rana.
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