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.

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