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Painting

ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This idealised portrait of a lady, surrounded by multiple layers of decorative mount, would have been a page in an album rather than viewed as a single painting. Images of beautiful women were frequently used as double-page spreads in albums, often alternating with pages of calligraphy.


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Materials and Techniques
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper
Brief Description
Painting, lady with a huqqa pipe, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, Mughal, probably Lucknow, ca. 1750
Physical Description
Painting, opaque watercolour and gold on paper, an elegant lady is shown at a balcony hung with rich textiles. She is adorned with jewels, and holds the stem of a huqqa.
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.5cm
  • Width: 18.5cm
Content description
An elegant lady is shown at a balcony hung with rich textiles. She is adorned with jewels, and holds the stem of a huqqa.
Styles
Subjects depicted
Summary
This idealised portrait of a lady, surrounded by multiple layers of decorative mount, would have been a page in an album rather than viewed as a single painting. Images of beautiful women were frequently used as double-page spreads in albums, often alternating with pages of calligraphy.
Bibliographic Reference
Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.p. 146, cat. no. 130
Collection
Accession Number
IM.122-1911

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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