May 14, 2013
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 10, 2015

Princely ascetic in the forest visited by ladies

Princely ascetic in the forest visited by ladies

c. 1760

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Overall: 32.7 x 26.5 cm (12 7/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1971.95


Did you know?

Hennaed fingers and jeweled anklets confirm that this prince is a woman.


At first glance a group of court women has gathered to visit a prince who abandoned the palace to practice yoga, as indicated by the strap around the knees of the figure seated at the right. Upon close inspection, however, the prince is being “played” by a woman dressed for the part. All the components of a pleasurable courtly Mughal gathering are present. A sumptuous carpet, bottles of alcohol, fruit, a hookah, breath-freshening paan, and a woman playing a vina have been set up in the forest as if in the palace.

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