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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.202.252
Title
Female Figure Prostrate Before a Fire
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India
Period
Mughal period
Culture
Mughal
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/216951
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; Provincial/Late Mughal Style
Dimensions
14 x 17.5 cm (5 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
Provenance
Stuart Cary Welch (by 1983 - 2008,) by descent; to his estate (2008-2009,) gift; to Harvard Art Museum.

Notes:
Object was part of long-term loan to Museum in 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Gift of Edith I. Welch in memory of Stuart Cary Welch
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.202.252
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Under a moonlit sky, a young female figure prostrates herself in front of a fire. She supports herself on her elbows, her hands clasped in front of her. She wears a translucent shawl with gold trim that covered her entire body, a chaniya choli, which consists of a crop top and a long skirt, armlets, bracelets, and anklets. Near her is a tray with two small bowls, a plate, a lotus flower-shaped bowl, and a flask. In the background are two large architectural structures. The one on the right, with a dome chamber and tall towers, resembles a mosque. Provincial, late Mughal style.
Publication History

Stuart Cary Welch, "Mughal and Deccani Miniature Paintings From a Private Collection", Ars Orientalis; The Arts of Islam and the East, Freer Gallery of Art / Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C., 1963), Vol. 5, 221 - 233, fig. 19, pl. 13

Stuart Cary Welch, The Art of Mughal India: Painting & Precious Objects, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1963), p. 171, no. 60, pl. 60

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