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Erotic Scene


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Description A man and woman make love in a pavilion, framed for the viewer’s gaze by an open wall. Enhancing the sensual mood of the painting are numerous motifs with erotic overtones in classical Indian poetry and aesthetics. A flowering vine entwines the tree outside the chamber, like a woman clinging to her beloved. The dark background signals nighttime, ideal for a secret rendezvous. The peacock is associated with the monsoon season, a favorable time of year for lovers, since heavy rains restrict the travel that might otherwise separate them. Here, the peacock lifts its head in a cry, adding to the sound of the woman’s jingling anklets—another trope in erotic poetry. A space at the top of the page was reserved for text (never filled in) to describe the scene below. Other paintings of the same style and format suggest that this folio belonged to a series illustrating erotic positions.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2001, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2001

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Creator
Period
1675-1700
Medium
pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.871
Measurements
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (21 x 15.9 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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