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Opaque watercolor and gold on paper (recto); ink on paper, four lines of Persian poetry (verso)
Page: 28.2 x 20.2 cm (11 1/8 x 7 15/16 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 2013.342
Pairs of ducks swim under the full moon on the night of the vernal equinox.
Images of pleasure and play abound in Mughal paintings of the latter half of the 1700s. Under a full moon reflected off a river and by the light of candles, a prince celebrates the spring festival of Holi with a group of palace women. Holi festivities include the boisterous tradition of smearing one another with colored powders—shown heaped on dishes—or shooting colored liquid using plunger guns.
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