A Seated Beauty Holding a Posy
Punjab Hills, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra, ca. 1830
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Painting 7 ½ x 5 ⅞ in, 19 x 15 cm
The nayika sits regally on six sided jewel encrusted gold throne, almost goddess-like. Rather than a terrace overlooking an expanse as seen in so many of the paintings in this catalogue, the terrace is enclosed in a palace setting as if firmly within the zenana or harem beyond the gaze of others. The elaborate geometric architecture and bright areas of color create a flat formal effect in keeping with her confident demeanor.