Extraordinary original black charcoal portrait of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), better known as Mahatma Gandhi. It captures his likeness with bold, large and expressive strokes achieved by using the charcoal stick sideways. It is signed on the lower right in charcoal with the artist's name, apparently Shan, inscribed in pencil Mahatma Gandhi and "To my good friend Ruth Izzy." It comes in a lovely gilt frame with mat decorated in the traditional fashion, with hand drawn lines, gilt foil bands and hand painted watercolor borders. In good used condition with paper tear on white area in upper left corner and imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.