A Bejewelled Maiden with a Parakeet

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463

This young beauty seen through a cusped arch has been idealized as the daughter of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The convention of a woman holding a parakeet is seen in Deccani painting and textiles and is also known from a long-standing tradition in Indian sculpture; here the prominent use of gold is typical of Deccani taste. The bird sits on the maiden’s henna-reddened fingers, each one of which is separately adorned by a diamond ring.

A Bejewelled Maiden with a Parakeet, Opaque watercolor and gold on paper

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