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(Indian, active mid-1700s)
Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper (recto)
Miniature: 21.6 x 16.8 cm (8 1/2 x 6 5/8 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 2013.349.a
When the mouth is open, and teeth and tongue are showing, she is singing.
Her mouth open slightly in song, the woman’s hennaed fingers strum a three-string vina, an Indian musical instrument with a resonator made from a gourd. Music was an essential component of courtly entertainment, along with the drinking of wine and the appreciation of poetry, paintings, and jewels.
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