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A lady singing

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  • Description

    Because of the seclusion of women in court society, portraits of ladies are rare in Indian painting. But the artists could observe accessible figures such as the court dancers and musicians. This singing-girl is depicted as a nayika, an ideal heroine according to poetical theory. Her lips parted in song, she plucks a green tanpura which bisects the page. Her arching eyebrow and elongated eye typify the ideal of physical beauty developed at Kishangarh.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaIndiawest IndiaRajasthan Kishangarh (place of creation)
    1740 - 1745
    possibly Bhavani Das (active c. 1700 - 1745) (artist)
    Associated people
    possibly Raj Singh, Maharaja of Kishangarh (ruled 1706 - 1748) (commissioner)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    frame 52.5 x 39.8 x 2.2 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting 36.5 x 25 cm (height x width)
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    Lent by Howard Hodgkin.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2nd February-22nd April 2012, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin, Andrew Topsfield, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2012), no. 97 on p. 228, pp. 10, 20, 204, & 260, illus. p. 229

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