Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Love Scene on a Balcony

Love Scene on a Balcony

Artist/maker unknown, Indian

Made in Delhi, India, Asia
or Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, Asia

Late 17th - early 18th century

Ink, transparent watercolor, and gold on paper

Image: 5 5/16 × 3 7/8 inches (13.5 × 9.8 cm) Sheet: 15 3/16 × 9 13/16 inches (38.6 × 24.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1958

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This drawing was done using the nim qalam (half-pen) technique, which involves the careful application of monochromatic lines with a fine brush to produce subtle gradations of tone. The artist has also accented the composition with color washes and gold. As is typical for Mughal album pages, the image has been set into an illuminated frame adorned with floral vines as well as rhyming Persian couplets whose subjects do not relate directly to the drawing. The royal connoisseurs for whom these albums were made saw a kinship in the arts of brush and pen that transcended subject matter.