"A Gathering of Court Women", Folio from the Davis Album
Illustrated album leaf
late 17th–early 18th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
13.12 in. high 8.25 in. wide (33.3 cm high 21 cm wide)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Not on view
A rare glimpse into the lives of women at the court, this scene shows them reclining on textiles with Chinese-inspired phoenixes and clouds, eating pomegranates and peaches, and listening to the drum. The jewelry the women, and even the baby, wear adorns every limb with a sprinkling of pearls, rubies, and gold.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
Islamic Painting. 1933. no. 2, 45.
Keene, M., and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. "Djawahar." In The Encyclopaedia of Islam Supplement. Fasc. 5-6. 1980. no. 36, p. 259, ill. pl. XLI.
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 129, pp. 302-303, ill. p. 303 (b/w).
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. pp. 106-107, ill. fig. 13 (color).