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A princess reclining on a terrace with attendants

c. 1730–1740
Page: 20.6 x 30.6 cm (8 1/8 x 12 1/16 in.)
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This scene presents an idealized view of the life of a Mughal princess. Bejeweled and dressed in costly garments, she reclines on a couch set up on a white marble terrace. She watches two musicians sing and clap time, and a companion pours for her a cup of liquor. Two attendants stand behind, one waving a whisk to keep away the insects and another holding a box of paan, a betel-leaf preparation for freshening the breath. At the far right an older woman of the harem holds a fan while enjoying a hookah.
A princess reclining on a terrace with attendants

A princess reclining on a terrace with attendants

c. 1730–1740

India, Mughal, 18th century

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