Maharaja Bijay Singh is shown in the midst of his harem, nestling with one of his wives and listening to a musical performance. Several of the women, intoxicated by the performance, have begun to dance, and two more frolic in the forest beyond the marble terrace.
The painting is beautifully rendered, and the colors are particularly rich-hot reds, oranges, and yellows are offset by cooler lavenders, pinks, and greens. Perhaps the most unusual element is the sumptuous textiles, not only the gorgeous costumes but also, and even more strikingly, the extraordinary rugs. Most distinctive is the large, lavender ground carpet with gold floral arabesques, red and pink leaves, and flowers, inhabited by multicolored parrots. A similar but differently colored carpet appears in another Marwar painting, probably by the same artist, in the collection of the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge.
Inscription: Inscribed on the reverse in Hindi
[ Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd. , New York, until 2002, sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pursuits at the Hindu Courts," 2002–2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan, 1650–1850," February 15, 2005–July 3, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Painting in Rajasthan," 2007.