33.0 x 25.4 cm (irreg.)
This is a ragamala painting of the type that often features women taking pleasure in quiet pastimes in an effort to hold the loneliness felt by absent lovers at bay. In this work a woman is seated outside in a courtyard. She holds a musical instrument and is attended by a servant. The woman appears to call the attention of a bird in the tree, possibly in an attempt to send her lover a message.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011
Christie's London (Editor), Christie's London: Important Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 24 Apr 1980, 29. lot no. 62
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012