Music Party on a Riverside Terrace

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 693

Court culture in India reflected modes of life and patronage that extended from the visual to the musical. The court was an important center of all such developments, drawing talents from around the country and beyond, and evolving a life style that allowed for the enjoyment and appreciation of the arts unified with environment and setting. Artists excelled at capturing the nuance of this courtly splendor, sensitively conveying the talents of their musical compatriots and the advanced appreciation of their common patron, the ruler. In this scene, a musical party is hosted by the nobleman depicted at the center of the scene, leaning against a large bolster, entertaining a guest who sits directly across from him. A row of attendants are seated behind the host, while a group of musicians are playing stringed instruments and drums at lower right.

Music Party on a Riverside Terrace, Opaque color and gold on paper

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