"A Gathering of Court Women", Folio from the Davis Album
Illustrated album leaf
late 17th–early 18th century
Attributed to India
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Image 6 1/2 in x 9 1/4 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
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)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 129.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 22, 1983–August 14, 1983, fig. 13.
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Keene, M., and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. "Djawahar." In The Encyclopaedia of Islam Supplement. Fasc. 5-6. 1980. no. 36, p. 259, ill. pl. XLI.
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Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. pp. 106-107, ill. fig. 13 (color).