Description & Technical information

47.5cm high, 39.5cm wide framed
The princess or courtesan leans against a green bolster and is seated on a carpet placed on a marble terrace. A lotus pond, a feature seen first in non-Mughal artistic traditions, spans the bottom of the composition. Behind the marble balustrade the tops of blossoming trees are seen. The whole is backed by a pale blue sky. The woman kneels with one leg crossed under a purple pillow which contrasts nicely with the pale yellow garment and the green bolster. She holds a handkerchief in her lowered left hand and an orange flower in her upraised right hand. Her long hair creates a bold vertical accent to the understated, muted palette of the whole. The miniature is surrounded by a number of borders: flesh coloured, blue and rust coloured, each decorated in gold floral patterns and then finished by a thin, bright orange band. Most likely it was once a part of a muraqqa‘ (album) and would have faced a similar portrait with identical borders.

Date:  1740
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  India, Delhi
Medium: Ink, Opaque watercolour, gold, Tin on paper
Dimensions: 28 x 20 cm (11 x 7⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art, Paintings, Drawings & Prints