Exhibitions/ Art Object

Lady Musician Playing a Sitar

Date:
ca. 1800
Culture:
India (Rajasthan, Kota)
Medium:
Ink and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
6 5/16 x 3 15/16 in. (16 x 10 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1958
Accession Number:
58.1.9
Not on view
The use of shading composed of linear strokes to model the form derives from Mughal practice and was adopted at several of the Rajasthan courts early in the 18th century. The silhouetting of the profile is also found in Kota paintings of that period. However, the exaggerated curved shape of the eye as well as summary treatment of the pillow and trays with intoxicants in the foreground make a date around the turn of the 19th century more likely.
Marking: On back: 84; 150.....;Bundi
[ Vishnu Lall , New York, until 1958, sold to MMA]
New York. Visual Arts Gallery. "Indian Miniatures," April 5, 1972–April 27, 1972.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mughal Influence in Rajasthani Painting," 2001.

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