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Seated Lady Smoking a Hookah

c. 1780
Page: 32.1 x 25.3 cm (12 5/8 x 9 15/16 in.); Image: 24.1 x 16 cm (9 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)
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The artist has used beetle wings for emeralds in the jewelry.


A lady seated at window smokes a hookah. She wears a translucent lilac blouse and gold trousers and adorns herself with jewelry comprising pearls, gold, and emeralds. Reclining against a large bolster, she is engrossed in smoking her hookah made of gold and porcelain. The painting may have been intended to be presented to the king by the artist.
Seated Lady Smoking a Hookah

Seated Lady Smoking a Hookah

c. 1780

Northern India, Himachal Pradesh, Pahari Kingdom of Guler

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