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's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Christie's London, 24 Apr 1980, London/England, Important Islamic and Indian manuscripts and miniatures, lot no. 62.
Dr Nigel and Mrs Norma Hawkins, 24 Apr 1980-Feb 2010, Toronto/Ontario/Canada, moved to France early 1990s, moved to Australia late 1990s. Gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Feb 2010.
Referenced in 1 publication
Christie's London: Important Islamic and Indian manuscripts and miniatures, London, 24 Apr 1980, 29. lot no. 62