Palace Women Enjoy Music by the Side of a Water Cascade

Palace Women Enjoy Music by the Side of a Water Cascade

c. 1780

Gum tempera, gold and silver on paper

Page: 29.6 x 20.6 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.); Image: 24.1 x 16 cm (9 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.105

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One woman is gently washing the right foot of the lady. This composition is based on a Mughal painting.

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Sitting by an artificial cascade in a palace, a woman smokes a hookah and enjoys a music performance with her attendants. She raises her left hand in appreciation of the musicians and turns toward a companion (sakhi) who also shares her enthusiasm. Three attendants stand behind her—one holding a box of betel leaves, while the other two hold a fly whisk and a fan.

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