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Single Leaf of a Pleasure Pavilion
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Single Leaf of a Pleasure Pavilion

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Description This single leaf, Walters W.904, shows a gathering of pleasure-seeking men outside a pavilion, where a number of women sit. The painting, which dates to the middle of the 12th century AH/AD 18th, was executed in northern India, possibly Lucknow. Some of the awaiting women drink wine while others attend to the hookahs. In the right corner, a man in yellow dress sits with betel quids, watching two men embroiled in a dispute, one with a dagger drawn. A second pair, at the far end and close to the pavilion, seems also to be enraged enough to draw blood. The rest wait in anticipation, smoking and conversing.
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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ca. 1163 AH/AD 1750 (Mughal)
ink and pigments on paper
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 13 1/8 x W: 9 7/8 in. (33.34 x 25.08 cm); Framed H: 26 1/4 × W: 21 3/4 × D: 1 1/2 in. (66.68 × 55.25 × 3.81 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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