Asian Art

Musical Gathering

18th century

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

10 7/8 × 8 1/4 in. (27.7 × 21 cm)
framed: 18 1/4 × 15 1/16 in. (46.3 × 38.3 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
The elegantly clad and bejeweled women seated at the center of this painting, and their equally fashionable attendants, are enjoying an evening of music and camaraderie. Both of the women hold flowers, which they present to one another, and the flask and betel-nut containers placed before them suggest that the evening will also include rose water and other luxuries.
Deccan, India
Indian, Islamic
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

Lallgarh Palace Collection, Bikaner, India. Acquired by Vera M. MacDonald and John D. MacDonald, Boston, Mass., by 2001; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

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