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A prince conversing with a woman while taking refreshments on a terrace (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

A prince conversing with a woman while taking refreshments on a terrace (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

c. 1710-1720

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Opaque watercolor with gold on paper, blue and buff borders (recto); ink on paper, script from Sadi's Bustan (verso)

Page: 30.5 x 24.1 cm (12 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift in honor of Madeline Neves Clapp; Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon by exchange; Bequest of Louise T. Cooper; Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; From the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection 2013.335

Fun Fact

The prince removed his shoes before joining the picnic on the carpeted terrace.

Description

A princess pours liquor from a golden bottle into a tiny cup for a prince visiting the women’s quarters in a Mughal palace. The carpeted terrace overlooks a garden of flowering trees. The pair’s royal status is indicated by the attendants who hold the white cloth and peacock-feather whisks. Two other women bring jewels and a vial of perfume to be inspected and discussed by the royal connoisseurs. This is a setting where books, paintings, and poetry also would be enjoyed.

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