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Court lady singing and playing the vina

Court lady singing and playing the vina

c. 1760

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attributed to Muhammad Rizavi Hindi

(Indian, active mid-1700s)

Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper (recto)

Miniature: 21.6 x 16.8 cm (8 1/2 x 6 5/8 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 2013.349.a

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When the mouth is open, and teeth and tongue are showing, she is singing.

Description

Her mouth open slightly in song, the woman’s hennaed fingers strum a three-string vina, an Indian musical instrument with a resonator made from a gourd. Music was an essential component of courtly entertainment, along with the drinking of wine and the appreciation of poetry, paintings, and jewels.

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