"Women Feasting on a Balcony", Folio from the Davis Album
Illustrated album leaf
late 17th–early 18th century
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Image 7 1/8 in x 10 3/8 in
Page 8 1/4 in. x 13 1/8 in
Mat 14 1/14 in. x 19 1/4 in.
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Not on view
Mughal paintings from the seventeenth century sometimes depict the private life of the court, illustrating the quiet moments of emperors, queens, princes, and princesses in a manner very different from formal portraits. Here, women reclining on carpets and cushions surround themselves with food, drink, and exquisite objects that provide detailed records of courtly life. 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)
Bordeaux. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. "Profile of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From Ramesses to Picasso," May 15, 1981–September 1, 1981, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "5000 Years of Art," October 10, 1981–December 6, 1981, no. 23A.
"An Exhibition Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Federation of Arts." In 5000 Years of Art from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981. no. 23A.