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Painting - Chand Bibi, with two court ladies

Chand Bibi, with two court ladies

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tanjore (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)
    ca. 1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaque watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India are called Company paintings. This one, painted around 1800, shows Chand Bibi, who died in 1599. She was the wife of Ali Adil Shah I of Bijapur. Chand Bibi is always depicted hawking and riding on a white horse.

Physical description

Chand Bibi, wife of Ali Adil Shah I of Bijapur, with two court ladies hunting antelope with cheetahs. On the skyline a procession with elephants, horses and ladies. One of ten paintings depicting festivals.

Place of Origin

Tanjore (made)


ca. 1800 (painted)
ca. 1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Opaque watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Daughter of Man Casts Head King setout pleasurly with all women.'


Height: 43 cm, Width: 59 cm, Length: 43 cm

Descriptive line

Painting; gouache, Chand Bibi, with two court ladies hunting antelopes with cheetahs Tanjore, ca. 1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Archer, Mildred. Company Paintings Indian Paintings of the British period
Victoria and Albert Museum Indian Series London: Victoria and Albert Museum, Maplin Publishing, 1992, 54 p. ISBN 0944142303

Archer, Mildred. 'Company Paintings: Indian Paintings of the British Period' V&A, 1992, p. 54


Paper; Opaque watercolour; Gouache


Painted; Painting

Subjects depicted

Horse; Cheetah; Hunting; Elephant


Access to Images; Images Online; Indian Company Paintings; Paintings


South & South East Asia Collection

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