A princess on a terrace with attendants at night (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

A princess on a terrace with attendants at night (recto); Calligraphy (verso)

c. 1760

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Opaque watercolor with gold on paper (recto); ink on paper, six lines of Persian poetry (verso)

Miniature: 25.4 x 19.7 cm (10 x 7 3/4 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 2013.341

Fun Fact

Rolled-up textiles could be let down to enclose the space of an open pavilion.

Description

Before a terrace pavilion in the women’s quarters of a palace, a royal woman stretches to show off her figure in accordance with age-old Indian poetic imagery. Female musicians provide entertainment, and attendants hold bottles of wine at the ready. Scenes of enjoyment in sumptuous domestic spaces pervaded the artistic repertoire of the imperial court and regional centers of northern India throughout the late 1700s, following the themes set by the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah.

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