"Princess Entertaining a Visitor on the Balcony", Folio from the Davis Album
Illustrated album leaf
mid–second half 17th century
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Page: H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Painting: H. 9 5/8 in. (26.4 cm)
W. 6 7/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Not on view
Mughal paintings from the seventeenth century depict the private life of the court, illustrating the quiet moments of emperors, queens, princes, and princesses in a manner very different from their formal portraits. This scene of a princess entertaining her visitor is filled with exquisite objects, including a carpet, ewers, a musical instrument, jewelry, and a fly whisk. Four women sit around a square garden in the foreground. Theodore M. Davis, an American Egyptologist and lawyer, bound this painting into an album with other works from seventeenth and eighteenth century India and Iran, and thus the name "The Davis Album".
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. Grey Art Gallery, New York University. "Circa 1776," November 1, 1976–November 24, 1976.
"lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., exhibition in the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, November 1-24, 1976 / prepared by art history students in Seminar v43.0600 of Washington Square and University College, New York." In Circa 1776. New York: NYU, 1976.