An Indian Miniature

9 • An Indian Miniature

North India, 18th century
60 × 43 cm
Watercolour on paper

A princess sits comfortably on a carpet, propped up by cushions. She is accompanied by her courtesan, candlelight, a flask of wine and two musicians – a tambura player and a dholak player – kneeling in front of her. She is surrounded by a lake and meadows, silvered by moonlight. Her torso is bejewelled but unclothed; her right hand outstretched, signaling for the music to begin…