Asian Art

Lovers on a Terrace


Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

6 5/16 × 4 13/16 in. (16 × 12.3 cm)
framed: 14 9/16 × 11 1/2 in. (37 × 29.2 cm)
The Vera M. and John D. MacDonald, B.A. 1927, Collection, Gift of Mrs. John D. MacDonald
The elaborate clothing and crowns worn by the man and woman in this painting—who are caught during an intimate moment, as he hands her a flower and she prepares to play a stringed instrument—indicate that the couple are high-ranking members of the Mughal court. The small black seal at the lower right gives a date in the Islamic calendar that can be read as 1771, which implies that this painting was either produced or collected around that year.
Indian, Islamic
Mughal dynasty (1526–1857)

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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