Asian Art
Artist: Jodhpur School

Woman Holding a Blossom and Sprig of Flowers

early 19th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

4 3/8 × 5 3/4 in. (11.1 × 14.6 cm)
matted (matted): 19 1/2 × 14 1/2 in. (49.5 × 36.8 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery
Like many women depicted in Indian paintings, this woman’s features adhere to metaphors for beauty found in Sanskrit literature. Her eyes are shaped like lotus petals, her chin parallels the form of a mango, and her nose is sharp like a parrot’s beak. Although they are often used in religious painting and sculpture as a mark of spiritual attainment, halos, such as the one around her head, also indicate high social status in Indian painting.
Possibly Jodhpur area, India
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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