Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper
Page: 30.2 x 24.2 cm (11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.); Miniature: 21 x 11.4 cm (8 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.)
Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.176
A lady clasps her hands above her head in a posture of seduction meant to show off her figure as she anticipates her lover’s arrival. She turns toward the empty bed and waits impatiently, and her attendant burns incense that perfumes the air.
Many Rajput paintings depict emotive scenes intended to enhance the pleasure of looking by evoking similar feelings in the viewer. In this painting, bees hover above the heroine as though they mistake her for a blossom, metaphorically referring to the desired act of lovemaking.
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