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A Lady Playing the Tanpura

Date:
ca. 1735
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Kishangarh)
Medium:
Ink, opaque and transparent watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (47 x 33.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.100.1
Not on view
As a nayika (archetypal heroine), this figure personifies the ideal of feminine beauty as conceptualized in Indian devotional poetry of the period. She strums a tanpura and wears elaborate jewelry and sheer textiles, clearly placing her as a member of the court. At the same time, there is the allusion that she is Radha, the divine consort of Krishna, who was important to these Kishangarh patrons.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting: 16th–19th Century," March 25, 1997–July 6, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Indian Court Painting," 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings from the Courts of North India: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century," 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "New Acquisitions in Perspective," 2006.

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