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
opaque watercolour (gouache) on paper
33.0 x 25.4 cm (irreg.)
Gift of Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Christie's London: Important Islamic and Indian Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 24 Apr 1980, 29. lot no. 62