Indian and Himalayan Art
The Pampered PrincessMade in Mankot, Jammu and Kashmir, India, Asia
Artist/maker unknown, India
Opaque watercolor, gold, silver-colored paint, and beetle-wing cases on paper
Currently not on view
2004-149-24125th Anniversary Acquisition. Alvin O. Bellak Collection, 2004
LabelDuring the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, noble and wealthy women in northern India were usually segregated from men not of their immediate families. Thus male painters had to imagine the charms of their female subjects. The woman on the silver throne holds a golden goblet and smokes a huqqa. Her companions sing and play for her, they offer her wine and delicacies, and one even massages her foot. While her situation, seat, clothes, and emeraldlike jewelry (made of the wing shells of iridescent beetles) mark her as royalty, her face and those of her companions are essentially identical.