Women playing at cross-dressing

c. 1680–1700; border added 1800s
Location: not on view
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Heavy eyelids give a languorous quality to paintings made in Golconda.


In this scene harem women act out the visit of a prince. One of them has donned a man’s royal feathered turban, and a lady affectionately offers a cup of wine as attendants stand by with two more bottles, a fan, and a rose. The master artist of an Indian painting workshop would draw the composition and make visual notations as to which colors and patterns should be used. The drawing would then be given to a colorist to paint, with final details rendered by another artist or the initial master.
Women playing at cross-dressing

Women playing at cross-dressing

c. 1680–1700; border added 1800s

India, Golconda, Deccan, 17th century

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