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"A Gathering of Court Women", Folio from the Davis Album

Object Name:
Illustrated album leaf
Date:
late 17th–early 18th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
13.12 in. high 8.25 in. wide (33.3 cm high 21 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.174.27
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).



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