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Asian Art

Woman Escorted to Her Bed

late 18th century

Opaque watercolor on paper

image: 11 × 7 3/8 in. (28 × 18.8 cm) matted: 13 1/8 × 9 1/8 in. (33.3 × 23.2 cm)
The Henry Pearson, M.F.A. 1938, Collection, Gift of Dr. Lawrence Dubin, B.S. 1955, M.D. 1958, and Mrs. Regina Dubin
2009.48.2
Two attendants support the somewhat limp form of a woman at court, who is led to her bed while others hold candles and lanterns. The theme of a woman being led to her bed was common in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; like many themes in Indian court painting, it provides an evocative and idealized record of the daily lives of high-ranking women.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Henry Charles Pearson (1914–2006) Collection, New York; Dr. Lawrence Dubin (1934–2018) and Regina Dubin Collection, New York; gift in 2009 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 149.

Indian Miniature Paintings from the Lloyd Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd., 2011).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.