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

c. 1710–1720
Page: 30.5 x 24.1 cm (12 x 9 1/2 in.)
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The prince removed his shoes before joining the picnic on the carpeted terrace.

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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.
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

India, Mughal, 18th century

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