An Amorous Couple, Probably Raja Mahendra Pal of Basohli (r. 1806–13) with a Favorite Queen

An Amorous Couple, Probably Raja Mahendra Pal of Basohli (r. 1806–13) with a Favorite Queen

c. 1810

Color on paper

Image: 18.5 x 12.1 cm (7 5/16 x 4 3/4 in.); Page: 21.6 x 15 cm (8 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.84

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Bottles of wine, fruits, and a box of betel leaves are in the foreground.

Description

On a terrace outside a royal chamber, a couple dressed in noble garments are making love. The man has loosened his jama in passion while his consort’s gold blouse has been thrown on the red carpet. Thin clouds appear to gather above the golden rays of the evening sun in the clear sky.

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